- pertaining to, inclined to, or preoccupied with the gratification of the senses or appetites; carnal; fleshly.
- lacking in moral restraints; lewd or unchaste.
- arousing or exciting the senses or appetites.
- worldly; materialistic; irreligious.
- of or relating to the senses or physical sensation; sensory.
- pertaining to the philosophical doctrine of sensationalism.
Origin of sensual
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Examples from the Web for sensual
The actor transformed from a sensual Marilyn Monroe to a whimsical Salvador Dali to a starving migrant mother, seamlessly.The Man Behind Marilyn Malkovich
October 2, 2014
“Sexy Danger” has all the wild, sensual energy of “Drunk in Love,” but with absolutely no words!Michael Cera’s ‘true that’ Review: So Melancholy, So Cool, So Damn Long
August 13, 2014
In my dreams he was a sensual man who also had a hard time moving his bowels.Making Lincoln Sexy: Jerome Charyn’s Fictional President
March 6, 2014
Would it have revealed a sensual side to Lincoln that has become a taboo subject, and that is much too difficult to document?Lincoln in Love
February 14, 2014
"Anthony's clothes have everything that I love: they are sensual, dynamic, daring," Donatella Versace said of the young designer.Anthony Vaccarello to Design for Versace Versus; Ferragamo Wins Over $4 Million in Counterfeiting Case
The Fashion Beast Team
December 19, 2013
But I let myself be lured into long spells of senseless and sensual ease.De Profundis
This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
He was particularly in love that day, but did not experience any sensual desire for her.Father Sergius
Both these statements are false: she is sensual in another manner.The Sexual Question
No, the spiritual ought not and can not be free from the sensuous, even the sensual.The Book of Khalid
- of or relating to any of the senses or sense organs; bodily
- strongly or unduly inclined to gratification of the senses
- tending to arouse the bodily appetites, esp the sexual appetite
- of or relating to sensualism
Word Origin and History for sensual
early 15c., "carnal, unspiritual;" mid-15c., "of or pertaining to the senses," from Middle French sensuel (15c.) and directly from Late Latin sensualis "endowed with feeling" (see sensuality). Meaning "connected with gratification of the senses," especially "lewd, unchaste" is attested from late 15c.
- Relating to or affecting any of the senses or a sense organ; sensory.
- Of, relating to, given to, or providing gratification of the physical and especially the sexual appetites.