Simple Definition of sensual
: relating to, devoted to, or producing physical or sexual pleasure
Full Definition of sensual
Examples of sensual
A sharp observer with a pleasing eye for sensual detail, Jaffrey weaves a richly textured story in which she effortlessly mingles quotidian dramas with historic events including the partition of India. —Michelle Green, People, 6 Nov. 2006
And Rousseau, in his Confessions, wrote of the sensual pleasure he found in simple meals of peasant cheeses and breads. —Andrea Lee Gourmet, May 2004
Certain fragrances apparently heighten sensual experiences.
<the sensual feel of a velvet shirt against the skin>
Origin of sensual
Middle English, from Late Latin sensualis, from Latin sensus sense
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of sensual
sensuous, sensual, luxurious, voluptuous mean relating to or providing pleasure through gratification of the senses. sensuous implies gratification of the senses for the sake of aesthetic pleasure <the sensuous delights of great music>. sensual tends to imply the gratification of the senses or the indulgence of the physical appetites as ends in themselves <a life devoted to sensual pleasures>. luxurious suggests the indulgence of sensuous pleasure inducing bodily ease and languor <a luxurious hotel>. voluptuous implies more strongly an abandonment especially to sensual pleasure <a voluptuous feast>.
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