What does aphrodisiac mean?

Definitions for aphrodisiac
ˌæf rəˈdi zɛˌæk, -ˈdɪz iˌæk; ˌæf rə dəˈzaɪ ə kəl, -ˈsaɪ-aphro·disi·ac

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aphrodisiacadjective

    a drug or other agent that stimulates sexual desire

  2. aphrodisiac, aphrodisiacal, sexyadjective

    exciting sexual desire


  1. Aphrodisiacnoun

    That which (as a drug, or some kinds of food) stimulate sexual desire.


  1. aphrodisiacnoun

    A food or drug having such an effect

  2. aphrodisiacadjective

    Arousing or intensifying sexual desire

  3. Etymology: From ἀφροδισιακός, from Άφροδίσιος.


  1. Aphrodisiac

    An aphrodisiac is a substance that increases sexual desire, sexual attraction, sexual pleasure, or sexual behavior. Substances range from a variety of plants, spices, foods, and synthetic chemicals. Natural aphrodisiacs like cannabis or cocaine are classified into plant-based and non-plant-based substances. There are non-naturally-occurring aphrodisiacs like MDMA and methamphetamine. Aphrodisiacs can be classified by their type of effects (i.e., psychological or physiological). Aphrodisiacs that contain hallucinogenic properties like Bufotenin have psychological effects on a person that can increase sexual desire and sexual pleasure. Aphrodisiacs that contain smooth muscle relaxing properties like yohimbine have physiological effects on a person that can affect hormone levels and increase blood flow.It is possible that the aphrodisiac effect of a substance is due to the placebo effect. Other substances that impede on areas that aphrodisiacs aim to enhance are classified as anaphrodisiacs.Both males and females can benefit from the use of aphrodisiacs, but they are more focused on males as their properties tend to increase testosterone levels rather than estrogen levels. This is in part due to the historical context of aphrodisiacs, which focused solely on males. Only recent attention has been paid to understanding how aphrodisiacs can aid female sexual function. In addition, cultural influence in appropriate sexual behavior from males and females also play a part in the research gap.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aphrodisiacadjective

    alt. of Aphrodisiacal

  2. Aphrodisiacnoun

    that which (as a drug, or some kinds of food) excites to venery


  1. Aphrodisiac

    An aphrodisiac is a substance that increases sexual desire. The name comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexuality and love. Throughout history, many foods, drinks, and behaviors have had a reputation for making sex more attainable and/or pleasurable. However, from a historical and scientific standpoint, the alleged results may have been mainly due to mere belief by their users that they would be effective. In particular, Western medical science has no substantiated claims that any particular food increases sexual desire or performance. Some purported aphrodisiacs gain their reputation from the principles of sympathetic magic.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aphrodisiac

    af-ro-diz′-i-ak, adj. exciting to sexual intercourse.—n. that which excites to sexual intercourse.—adj. Aphrodis′ian, belonging to Venus, devoted to sensual love. [Gr. aphrodisiakosAphroditē, Venus, the goddess of love.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aphrodisiac in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aphrodisiac in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of aphrodisiac in a Sentence

  1. Henry Kissinger:

    Power is the great aphrodisiac.

  2. Peter Barsoom:

    Cannabis has been used as an aphrodisiac in many cultures for centuries. In India, it was used as far back as the seventh century. Its use for sexual health was documented in Chinese texts, amongst Germanic tribes and by many African cultures.

  3. anon:

    If Power is aphrodisiac, and imagination is power, then imagination is aphrodisiac too....that's exciting,

  4. Henry Kissinger:

    Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

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