sensual

adjective sen·su·al \ ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)wəl , -shəl \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of sensual

1 : relating to or consisting in the gratification of the senses or the indulgence of appetite : fleshly
2 : sensory 1
3 a : devoted to or preoccupied with the senses or appetites
c : deficient in moral, spiritual, or intellectual interests : worldly; especially : irreligious

sensuality

play \ˌsen(t)-shə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun

sensually

play \ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)wə-lē, ˈsen-shə-lē\ adverb

Examples of sensual in a Sentence

  1. 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 GreenPeople6 Nov. 2006
  2. And Rousseau, in his Confessions, wrote of the sensual pleasure he found in simple meals of peasant cheeses and breads. —Andrea LeeGourmetMay 2004
  3. Certain fragrances apparently heighten sensual experiences.

  4. the sensual feel of a velvet shirt against the skin

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Origin and Etymology of sensual

Middle English, from Late Latin sensualis, from Latin sensus sense

Synonym Discussion of sensual

carnal, fleshly, sensual, animal mean having a relation to the body. carnal may mean only this but more often connotes derogatorily an action or manifestation of a person's lower nature.
    • a slave to carnal desires
fleshly is less derogatory than carnal.
    • a saint who had experienced fleshly temptations
sensual may apply to any gratification of a bodily desire or pleasure but commonly implies sexual appetite with absence of the spiritual or intellectual.
    • fleshpots providing sensual delights
animal stresses the physical as distinguished from the rational nature of a person.
    • led a mindless animal existence
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

SENSUAL Defined for English Language Learners

sensual

adjective

Definition of sensual for English Language Learners

  • : relating to, devoted to, or producing physical or sexual pleasure


SENSUAL Defined for Kids

sensual

adjective sen·su·al \ ˈsen-shə-wəl \

Definition of sensual for Students

: relating to the pleasing of the senses

Medical Dictionary

sensual

adjective sen·su·al \ ˈsench-(ə-)wəl, ˈsen-shəl \

medical Definition of sensual

1 : sensory 1
2 : relating to or consisting in the gratification of the senses or the indulgence of appetite
3 : devoted to or preoccupied with the senses or appetites


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