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
It is colored with folkloric Mexican music, jazz, sophisticated modernism, sensuous atmosphere and subtle musical quotations.
Transposing the Athenian comedy to Southern California, Casey Wilder Mott takes his bow as a feature director with a sensuous, silly and superbly cast version, one whose visually vibrancy matches its feel for the language.
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.
The result is a nearly 20-minute epic, filled with airy vocals, acoustic guitars, softly rumbling percussion, sensuous brass elements and effective melodies.
A couple could have a lot of fun, even get frisky over such tactile, sensuous dining.
But as the show makes clear, Penn had a singular eye, a distinctive visual intelligence apparent from the first glance in nearly every picture on display—bold, graphic, sensuous, witty, refined.
His dancers — the company is based here — are among the city’s most accomplished, personable and sensuous; his repertory includes many of the world’s most oddly imaginative masterpieces.
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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: 1640See Words from the same year
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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