sensual

adjective
sen·​su·​al | \ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)wəl, -shəl\

Definition of sensual 

1 : relating to or consisting in the gratification of the senses or the indulgence of appetite : fleshly

3a : devoted to or preoccupied with the senses or appetites

b : voluptuous

c : deficient in moral, spiritual, or intellectual interests : worldly especially : irreligious

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Other Words from sensual

sensuality \ˌsen(t)-​shə-​ˈwa-​lə-​tē \ noun
sensually \ˈsen(t)-​sh(ə-​)wə-​lē, ˈsen-​shə-​lē \ adverb

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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

Examples of sensual in a Sentence

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
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Flower Flower’ as a sensual and celebratory invitation to follow the flow of our joy and pleasure. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Watch the Exclusive Premiere of Frigga’s “Flower Flower” Video," 7 Sep. 2018 Some of the most sensual Renaissance nudes were also produced as sacred images. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, "‘The Renaissance Nude’ Review: The Body, Sacred and Sensual," 14 Nov. 2018 And how can an algorithm understand the sensual, transformative, and personal components of choosing fragrances? Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Is AI the future of perfume? IBM is betting on it.," 24 Oct. 2018 Real women want to wear something that gives them authority but is also sensual and casual in a certain way. Faith Cummings, Teen Vogue, "Derek Lam Gives Advice to Young Designers in Powerful Open Letter," 23 Oct. 2018 Globally, Cheok concedes, there are many teams of scientists endeavouring to digitise the sensual world. Robert Chalmers, Newsweek, "Digitising Smell: The Third Sense Is Coming to Your Phone," 11 Sep. 2014 Guillermo del Toro, the Hollywood director most famous for bringing weirdly sensual and subtly human monsters to the big screen, owes some of his success to Toronto. Erik Heinrich, latimes.com, "Toronto has been a film and TV hub for decades. Now Guillermo del Toro may give the Canadian city an edge," 12 July 2018 The stage then transformed into a sensual, dimly lit set, featuring Parisian rugs and pillar candles. Brandon T. Harden, Philly.com, "Jill Scott, Boyz II Men deliver sizzling homecoming performances at WDAS Summer Block Party," 1 July 2018 Behind the canvas, a sensual nude and a red-handed man lurk in the shadows. Victoria Dalkey, sacbee, "This artist's works will blow you away in Sacramento exhibit," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sensual

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sensual

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

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sensual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sensual

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

sensual

adjective
sen·​su·​al | \ˈsen-shə-wəl \

Kids Definition of sensual

: relating to the pleasing of the senses

sensual

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

Medical Definition of sensual 

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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