voluptuous

adjective

vo·​lup·​tu·​ous və-ˈləp(t)-shə-wəs How to pronounce voluptuous (audio)
-shəs
1
a
: suggesting sensual pleasure by fullness and beauty of form
voluptuous nudes
b
: full of delight or pleasure to the senses : conducive to or arising from sensuous or sensual gratification : luxurious
a voluptuous dance
voluptuous ornamentation
a voluptuous wine
2
: given to or spent in enjoyment of luxury, pleasure, or sensual gratifications
a long and voluptuous holidayEdmund Wilson
voluptuously adverb
voluptuousness noun
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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 voluptuous in a Sentence

the voluptuous richness of the music
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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Latin voluptuosus, irregular from voluptas pleasure, from volup pleasurable; akin to Greek elpesthai to hope, Latin velle to wish — more at will

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of voluptuous was in the 14th century

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“Voluptuous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voluptuous. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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voluptuous

adjective
vo·​lup·​tuous
və-ˈləp-chə(-wə)s
: giving pleasure to the senses
voluptuously adverb
voluptuousness noun

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