amatory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj amatory expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance "her amatory affairs","amorous glances","a romantic adventure","a romantic moonlight ride"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Amatory Pertaining to, producing, or expressing, sexual love; as, amatory potions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • amatory Pertaining to, producing, or supposed to produce love; expressive of love; amatorial: as, amatory poems.
    • amatory Synonyms See amorous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Amatory am′at-or-i relating to or causing love: affectionate
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Usage

In literature:

Age and obesity had made her inapt for love, but she took a keen interest in the amatory affairs of the young.
"The Moon and Sixpence" by W. Somerset Maugham
I wrote an amatory commentary upon the fourth book of the AEneid.
"Manon Lescaut" by Abbé Prévost
At times I half suspected him of a convalescent amatory disappointment.
"Ponkapog Papers" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
But to consider him merely in the light of an amatory poet would be wrong.
"Wild Wales Its People, Language and Scenery" by George Borrow
In comparison with his usual amatory speculations this was a big and serious undertaking.
"The Secret Agent" by Joseph Conrad
His amatory click-clack prevented the morning and wrecked the tranquillity of the evening.
"Fisherman's Luck" by Henry van Dyke
They pressed it with a little amatory squeeze at parting.
"No Thoroughfare" by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
The amatory exploits of Peirithous and Theseus are equally unworthy.
"The Republic" by Plato
STRANGER: Let us admit this, then, to be the amatory art.
"Sophist" by Plato
In fact, gregarious and amatory as are the Ana, Frogs are still more so.
"The Coming Race" by Edward Bulwer Lytton
In the second place, Petrarch was not only an egotist, but an amatory egotist.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
I've discovered that amatory versifying wasn't entirely a youthful passion.
"A Millionaire of Rough-and-Ready" by Bret Harte
What has most struck me in these amatory correspondences has been their remarkable sameness.
"Over the Teacups" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
She went on with her commands, rising irrepressibly from one amatory climax to another.
"Poor Miss Finch" by Wilkie Collins
The letter hinted at an order upon his muse for amatory verse; delightful task, cheering prospect.
"Peg Woffington" by Charles Reade
With execrable taste, he was fond of boasting by name of his amatory successes.
"The Days Before Yesterday" by Lord Frederick Hamilton
It was the amatory farewell address of Henri IV.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
It remains to see what were those amatory relations which she may be said to have sincerely held.
"Famous Affinities of History V1" by Lyndon Orr
It remains to see what were those amatory relations which she may be said to have sincerely held.
"Famous Affinities of History, Vol 1-4, Complete" by Lyndon Orr
He began to reproach himself for having engaged her in his amatory mission when her life was at stake.
"Regina or the Sins of the Fathers" by Hermann Sudermann
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In poetry:

The air is charged with amatory numbers -
Soft madrigals, and dreamy lovers' lays.
Peace, peace, old heart! Why waken from its slumbers
The aching memory of the old, old days?
"Eheu Fugaces -- !" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The air is charged with amatory numbers—
Soft madrigals, and dreamy lovers' lays.
Peace, peace, old heart! Why waken from its slumbers
The aching memory of the old, old days?
"The Sorcerer: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert