sensual

adjective
sen·​su·​al | \ ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce sensual (audio) , -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
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 How to pronounce sensuality (audio) \ noun
sensually \ ˈsen(t)-​sh(ə-​)wə-​lē How to pronounce sensually (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web O’Keeffe painted elegant and sensual works over her decades-long career. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "Own the Recipes of Georgia O’Keeffe," 7 Feb. 2020 Upon arrival, the contestants flirt confidently over champagne and seem sensual but often clueless. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'Too Hot to Handle': What happens when Netflix's new dating show forbids sex ... or even a kiss," 20 Apr. 2020 Fe Noel’s louche dresses, flowing trousers, and signature billowing sleeves prove that sensible can also be sensual. Cady Lang, Time, "10 Designers You Should Watch at New York Fashion Week," 4 Feb. 2020 His singing is absorbing and sensual, drawing you past the words, which will never suffice anyway, toward something deeper. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Moses Sumney’s World of Possibilities," 2 Mar. 2020 Radical design is fluid and sensual, to be sure, but materials are usually synthetic. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Radical Italian Art Goes Over the Top, Dazzlingly, in Houston," 29 Feb. 2020 Edna’s awakening begins outdoors, an escape from the structures of patriarchy into the unbuilt landscapes of the sensual, sublime and the supernatural. Claire Vaye Watkins, New York Times, "The Classic Novel That Saw Pleasure as a Path to Freedom," 27 Feb. 2020 The Lucas Museum, for instance, will contain sensual, organic elements, including curved timber walls, indoor plantings and an undulating, accessible green roof. Sam Lubell, Los Angeles Times, "Ma Yansong takes L.A.: How the quiet force behind George Lucas’ museum makes his mark," 2 Apr. 2020 So Anderson shoots Haim using 35mm film for visual depth and sensual texture. Armond White, National Review, "Paul Thomas Anderson’s Best Work — on Video," 1 Apr. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sensual. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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sensual

adjective
How to pronounce sensual (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sensual

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

sensual

adjective
sen·​su·​al | \ ˈsen-shə-wəl How to pronounce sensual (audio) \

Kids Definition of sensual

: relating to the pleasing of the senses

sensual

adjective
sen·​su·​al | \ ˈsench-(ə-)wəl, ˈsen-shəl How to pronounce sensual (audio) \

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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