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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Jennifer Lopez pulled Lloyd from the audience to the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Friday night, working her sensual moves on the soccer star. Mesfin Fekadu, Houston Chronicle, "Former Dash player celebrates World Cup win with lap dance from J. Lo," 13 July 2019 Researchers have also found a fresco depicting a sensual scene involving the Roman god Jupiter and Leda and the remains of a petrified horse recently. Fox News, "Pompeii ruins 'hiding 10 unexploded WW2 bombs,' archaeologists warn," 9 July 2019 The sensual urges of the incarcerated are often demonized, dismissed as criminal or undeserved, but Photo Requests from Solitary regards them without judgment. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Photo Requests from Solitary Confinement," 8 July 2019 Michael's original vision was all about blending the inherent sensual vibe of the South of France with the spectacular setting of the Auberge du Soleil to create a contemporary California retreat. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "These Maisons at Napa's Auberge du Soleil Will Transport You to Provence," 8 July 2019 Once steamed, of course, the gel becomes the soup that affords this dumpling, if the skin is thin enough, a sensual jiggle when gently lifted from the basket with chopsticks. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Soup dumplings hit Orlando — here’s where to stab and slurp them," 5 July 2019 Packard — who has starred in most of Zimmerman’s prior forays into Broadway musicals — has the slippery, elusive, snake-oil aspects of Harold down, but, ultimately, not his profound neediness or even his genuine sensual charm. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Music Man’ review: Marian the librarian and Harold Hill lack any romantic chemistry at the Goodman Theatre," 5 July 2019 Tap into your creative side as this eclipse will sextile change-making Uranus. Seek out creature comforts on Wednesday, when sensual Venus makes her way into the emotional water sign of Cancer. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 30 June 2019 May spies on their dalliances without confronting them, awakening a sensual stirring in herself that is not socially acceptable. Hau Chu, Twin Cities, "‘The Third Wife,’ a movie set in 19th-century Vietnam, has a lot to say about today," 27 June 2019

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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 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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