Thesaurus

sensuous

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of sensuous

1 of or relating to physical sensation or the senses
  • the sensuous pleasure of a massage

Synonyms for sensuous

Words Related to sensuous

Near Antonyms for sensuous

2 pleasing to the physical senses
  • a gentle, sensuous breeze

Synonyms for sensuous

Words Related to sensuous

Near Antonyms for sensuous

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About sensuous

How is the word sensuous distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of sensuous are luxurious, sensual, and voluptuous. While all these words 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

When is it sensible to use luxurious instead of sensuous?

While in some cases nearly identical to sensuous, luxurious suggests the indulgence of sensuous pleasure inducing bodily ease and languor.

a luxurious hotel

When can sensual be used instead of sensuous?

Although the words sensual and sensuous have much in common, 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

Where would voluptuous be a reasonable alternative to sensuous?

While the synonyms voluptuous and sensuous are close in meaning, voluptuous implies more strongly an abandonment especially to sensual pleasure.

a voluptuous feast

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sensuous

Time Traveler for sensuous

Time Traveler

The first known use of sensuous was in 1640

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Sensuous.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sensuous. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on sensuous

Dictionary: Definition of sensuous

Nglish: Translation of sensuous for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of sensuous for Arabic Speakers

Comments on sensuous

What made you want to look up sensuous? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!