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1. Full of or strongly disposed to romantic love.
2. Indicative of love or sexual desire: an amorous glance.
3. Of or associated with love: an amorous poem.
4. Being in love; enamored: He had been amorous of her since the day they met.

[Middle English, from Old French amoureus, from Medieval Latin amōrōsus, from Latin amor, love, from amāre, to love.]

am′or·ous·ly adv.
am′or·ous·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amorousness - a feeling of love or fondnessamorousness - a feeling of love or fondness  
love - a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; "his love for his work"; "children need a lot of love"
2.amorousness - the arousal of feelings of sexual desireamorousness - the arousal of feelings of sexual desire
concupiscence, physical attraction, sexual desire, eros - a desire for sexual intimacy
carnality, lasciviousness, lubricity, prurience, pruriency - feeling morbid sexual desire or a propensity to lewdness
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The passionate affection and desire felt by lovers for each other:
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(13) Karl Young judiciously sums up the heterogeneous nature of the book as follows: 'In the agreeable melange are expressed sly merriment, outspoken anger, equivocal amorousness, pious laudation, and dramatic tension'.
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Marriage.--It unites the human being with God through the present, just as the religion of forefathers does--through the past.--In true marriage the natural sexual bond is not abolished but is transmuted.--The natural elements of the sexual relation serve as necessary givens for the moral problem of this transmutation: (1) carnal attraction, (2) amorousness, (3) childbearing.--Marriage remains as satisfaction of the sexual requirement, but this very requirement now applies not to replenishment of the animal organism but to restoration of the image of God in the human being.--Matrimony as a form of asceticism, as exploit and martyrdom.
The eroticization of Gawain's disloyalty also recalls stereotypical Trojan amorousness. Trojans, long linked with notorious lovers such as Anchises, Paris, and Ganymede, became subject to proto-Orientalist caricature as indolent and lecherous, a shift that came in the xenophobic wake of Xerxes' fifth-century BCE invasions of Greek territories (Bryce 2006, 154-57).
With scarcely less amorousness he sketched a small still-life of six onions and a head of garlic displaying their flaky obesity on a kitchen towel.
of Nebraska Press, 1986), 281-87, reads Troilus and Criseyde as an analogous instance of characters (the narrator, Pandarus, Troilus, and Criseyde) who through bad reading, writing, and speaking fail to perceive their militant language of amorousness as figurally repeating broader historical patterns.
But contemporary society usually responds to drama that is full of amorousness and that leads to lewdness; without this kind of drama, the theater would be closed in less than a month.
Sergei continues to observe her playing from a distance, where he remains "almost invisible," and the amorousness occasioned by the sight of her sound also persists: "When he was not expecting it, I would rise from the piano, go up to him, and try to detect on his face signs of excitement--the unnatural brightness and moistness of his eyes, which he tried to conceal in vain" (PSS 5: 108).