adjective sen·su·ous \ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)wəs\

: affecting the senses in a pleasing way : pleasant, attractive, or appealing in a way that produces or suggests feelings of physical or sexual pleasure

Full Definition of SENSUOUS

a :  of or relating to the senses or sensible objects
b :  producing or characterized by gratification of the senses :  having strong sensory appeal <sensuous pleasure>
:  characterized by sense impressions or imagery aimed at the senses <sensuous verse>
:  highly susceptible to influence through the senses
sen·su·os·i·ty \ˌsen(t)-shə-ˈwä-sə-tē\ noun
sen·su·ous·ly \ˈsen(t)-shə-wəs-lē\ adverb
sen·su·ous·ness noun

Examples of SENSUOUS

  1. The sensuous sounds of soul music created a warm atmosphere.
  2. A gentle, sensuous breeze caressed our faces.

Origin of SENSUOUS

Latin sensus sense + English -ous
First Known Use: 1640

Synonym Discussion of SENSUOUS

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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