voluptuous

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adjective vo·lup·tu·ous \və-ˈləp(t)-shə-wəs, -shəs\

Definition of voluptuous

  1. 1a :  suggesting sensual pleasure by fullness and beauty of form voluptuous nudesb :  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. 2 :  given to or spent in enjoyment of luxury, pleasure, or sensual gratifications a long and voluptuous holiday — Edmund Wilson

voluptuously

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voluptuousness

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Examples of voluptuous in a Sentence

  1. the voluptuous richness of the music

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Origin and Etymology of voluptuous

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

Synonym Discussion of voluptuous

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

VOLUPTUOUS Defined for English Language Learners

voluptuous

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Definition of voluptuous for English Language Learners

  • of a woman : very attractive because of having large hips and breasts

  • : giving pleasure to the senses



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