Uncommon and Newly Emerging Terms
Terms that are new or not currently popular
This glossary is a continuously updating record of terms that have been and are being used in the aromantic community by at least one person. 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.
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Amorous / partnering
Describes a relationship or partner that is not romantic. It may not quite fit the definition of a queerplatonic relationship or queerplatonic partner either. Appromour is a way to describe a relationship that may seem like a romantic relationship to oneself or outside observers but is decidedly still not romantic.
Coined by: Pixelprattlexp
Describes a gender which is significantly connected to one’s aromanticism. It can be any gender identity influenced by having an aromantic spectrum identity. It can be used as a standalone gender label or in conjunction with others; for example, one could be an arogender boy.
Coined by: Arokaladin
Describes a platonic friend who fulfills the role of a soulmate in a nonromantic way.
Coined by: Caeghost
Mixed orientation identity / Varioriented
Any combination of a sexual orientation and romantic orientation that do not “match up,” or share the same gender preference. Any person who is not heteroromantic heterosexual, homoromantic homosexual, aromantic asexual, biromantic bisexual, or panromantic pansexual, etc., has a mixed orientation identity. Also called cross-orientation sexuality.
A measurement of how much a person feels uncomfortable with components of monogamy (sexual, emotional, social, and activity) being displayed or directed at them.
Coined by: Mark
Describes an aromantic person who does not use the Split Attraction Model (SAM) to characterize their orientation. This term is disliked by many who fit the description as it defines them by what they are not, implies split attraction is the norm for aromantics, and the counterpart “SAM aro” is rarely used.
A recently proposed alternative to this term is Unit aro - describes an aromantic person who identifies only or primarily as aromantic, centering their aromantic identity as their preferred unit.
Unit aro coined by: Neir
Describes a friend that one has a significant sexual relationship with.
Coined by: Alexei
Any combination of a sexual orientation and romantic orientation that “match up,” or share the same gender preference.
Primaro / Archaro
Describes a person who feels that their aromantic identity is more important than other identities or is their “primary” or most important identity. Can be thought of to be an experience under the non-SAM/unit aro umbrella.
Primaro coined by: Reesexaviergonzales
Primaro as a subset of non-SAM/unit aro proposed by: Arokeladry
Archaro coined by: Arokeladry
A type of application of the Split Attraction Model (SAM). The semi-SAM is fluctuation in how one can classify their identity. For example, sometimes identifying under a SAM model feels appropriate, while at other times it does not. It can also be used if one feels a particular identity takes priority, but does not wish to disregard any other identities.
Coined by: Black-aros
Unicum aro / Solaro
Unicum aro coined by: Magni
Unicum aro as a subset of non-SAM/unit aro proposed by: Arokeladry
Solaro coined by: Arokeladry
Describes a relationship that fluctuates or is fluid between different kinds of relationships.
Coined by: Wavership
Arospec Identity Terms
terms that are new or not currently popular
Adfecturomantic / Affecturomantic / Adfectual / Adfomantic
Describes a person whose romantic attraction is affected by their neurodivergency.
Describes a person who would prefer not to develop romantic feelings for people, but does anyway.
Describes a person who may or may not experience romantic attraction, but is indifferent to receiving it or acting on it.
Describes a person whose feelings of attraction are very weak or vague, almost nonexistent, like a vapor, fog, or mist.
Coined by: Terribledactyl on Tumblr
Describes a person who feels utterly indifferent to romantic attraction or feels that it isn’t important.
Dependromantic / Requiromantic / Exige(n)romantic / Cruxromantic
Describes a person who only experiences romantic attraction within one’s depended(s). This term can be used to describe romantic attraction felt solely within the context of Dependent Personality Disorder.
Coined by: Anti-god on Tumblr
Describes a person whose romantic orientation fluctuates from feeling no attraction to feeling attraction. When attraction is felt, it is accompanied by a strong feeling of dread or anxiety.
Describes a person who experiences attraction only when engaging with depictions of attraction (e.g., drawings, writing), not when engaging with the acts themselves in real life.
Neu(tro) aro / Neutral aro / Arohaze / Aromush / Arovoid
Neu(tro)/Neutral aro coined by: A-romantic--aromantic
Arohaze/Aromush coined by: Liquidlikecats
Arovoid coined by: Aroaceitup
Describes a person who switches between being either extremely attracted and not at all attracted to someone.
Describes a person who feels that they have not experienced attraction enough to know their orientation yet.
Describes a person who feels romantic attraction which varies depending on emotional state.