Definition of erethism in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɛrɪθɪz(ə)m


[mass noun]
  • 1Excessive sensitivity or rapid reaction to stimulation of a part of the body, especially the sexual organs.
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    • The intense excitement of the events had no doubt left my perceptive powers in a state of erethism.
    • Erethism traditionally is seen in the chronic phase of the toxicity.
    • The state we were in was a kind of mental eroticism, an erethism of the mind, akin to that inwardly directed state of arousal achieved by adepts of Tantric yoga.
  • 2A state of abnormal mental excitement or irritation.
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    • But these are not worthy concerns, they are mere symptoms of a moral erethism (mental over-excitement).
    • What are we to understand by this erethism of the brain?


early 19th century: from French éréthisme, from Greek erethismos, from erethizein 'irritate'.

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