Share this entry

amatory Syllabification: am·a·to·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈaməˌtôrē/

Definition of amatory in English:


Relating to or induced by sexual love or desire: his amatory exploits
More example sentences
  • In a number of places in his work, Andrews suggests that the erotic / amatory impulse has become overwhelmed by consumerist images and the desires they invoke and create.
  • As a personal poet, he attacked enemies by name and described without inhibition his own amatory exploits.
  • By the same token, Bo Diddley taught the incorrect but unforgettable version of the amatory question: ‘Who Do You Love?’
sexual, amorous, romantic, sensual, passionate, erotic, sexy
informal randy, naughty


Late 16th century: from Latin amatorius, from amator (see amateur).

Words that rhyme with amatory

declamatory, defamatory, exclamatory, inflammatory, proclamatory

Definition of amatory in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day luxe
Pronunciation: ləks
expensive and of high quality; luxurious