Definition of sensuous
2 : characterized by sense impressions or imagery aimed at the senses sensuous verse
3 : highly susceptible to influence through the senses
sensuosityplay \ˌsen(t)-shə-ˈwä-sə-tē\ noun
sensuouslyplay \ˈsen(t)-shə-wəs-lē\ adverb
Examples of sensuous in a Sentence
The sensuous sounds of soul music created a warm atmosphere.
A gentle, sensuous breeze caressed our faces.
Recent Examples of sensuous from the Web
The subtly colored impressionism of Debussy and Ravel, and the sensuous exoticism of Scriabin, commingle to otherworldly effect.
Its flavors follow a spicy line, but the texture — firm but not hard, with a chewy give to the tannins — is sensuous and vibrant.
Avedon’s influence on photography was immense, and his sensuous fashion work helped create the era of supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford.
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Did You Know?
Sensuous and sensual are close in meaning but not identical, and sensuous was actually coined by the poet John Milton so that he wouldn't have to use sensual. Sensuous usually implies pleasing of the senses by art or similar means; great music, for example, can be a source of sensuous delight. Sensual, on the other hand, usually describes gratification of the senses or physical appetites as an end in itself; thus we often think (perhaps unfairly) of wealthy Romans leading lives devoted to sensual pleasure. You can see why the Puritan Milton might have wanted another word.
Origin and Etymology of sensuous
Latin sensus sense + English -ous
First Known Use: 1640
Synonym Discussion of sensuous
SENSUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sensuous for English Language Learners
: affecting the senses in a pleasing way : pleasant, attractive, or appealing in a way that produces or suggests feelings of physical or sexual pleasure
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