Common identities on the aromantic spectrum
This glossary is a continuously updating record of terms that have been and are being used in the aromantic community. As a record, this glossary is meant to document the various concepts that are thought up when the language is not sufficient to describe people’s experiences and doesn’t encourage or discourage the use of any term.
Please keep in mind these are shortened definitions and identities can be nuanced.
Describes a person whose experience of romance is disconnected from normative societal expectations, commonly due to experiencing little to no romantic attraction, but also due to feeling repulsed by romance, or being uninterested in romantic relationships.
Commonly used as a specific identity term by people who experience no romantic attraction.
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Describes a person whose romantic orientation fluctuates very rapidly, skyrocketing into intense attraction, then plummeting down to feeling no attraction again.
Aegoromantic / Autochorisromantic
Describes a person who enjoys the idea of romance, but does not wish to be a participant in romantic activities. A romantic parallel to aegosexual/autochorissexual, an idea first theorized by Anthony Bogaert.
Coined by: Eridanamporadefensesquad on Tumblr
Describes a person who has interest in conventionally romantic actions, yet does not desire a romantic relationship.
Coined by: Shygu on Tumblr
Greyromantic (grey aromantic)
Describes a person who feels romantic attraction very rarely, weakly, unreliably or gains/loses attraction in unusual or unknown circumstances.
Can also be used as an umbrella term for orientations on the aromantic spectrum except for aromantics who don’t experience romantic attraction at all.
Grey coined by: KPsaz
Greyromantic coined by: Shortass Lady
Lithromantic / Aporomantic / Akoi(ne)romantic
Describes a person who can feel romantic attraction towards others and enjoys romantic relationships in theory, but does not need that affection to be reciprocated or to be in a relationship with the one the feelings are directed towards.
Describes a person who may stop feeling romantic attraction once in a relationship or stop enjoying it.
Quoiromantic / WTFromantic
Describes a person who doesn’t understand romance, romantic attraction, or romantic orientation and feels as if those categories are nonsensical, inapplicable, or inaccessible so they disidentify with those labels.
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Describes a person who experiences confusion or frustration when trying to differentiate between and apply platonic and romantic attraction to their personal experiences, and therefore is not sure if they experience it.
Quoi coined by: Cor
WTF coined by: Sciatrix