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sensual

[sen-shoo-uh l] /ˈsɛn ʃu əl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, inclined to, or preoccupied with the gratification of the senses or appetites; carnal; fleshly.
2.
lacking in moral restraints; lewd or unchaste.
3.
arousing or exciting the senses or appetites.
4.
worldly; materialistic; irreligious.
5.
of or relating to the senses or physical sensation; sensory.
6.
pertaining to the philosophical doctrine of sensationalism.
Origin of sensual
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin sēnsuālis, equivalent to sēnsu-, stem of sēnsus sense + -ālis -al1
Related forms
sensually, adverb
hypersensual, adjective
hypersensually, adverb
hypersensualness, noun
nonsensual, adjective
nonsensually, adverb
subsensual, adjective
subsensually, adverb
transsensual, adjective
transsensually, adverb
unsensual, adjective
unsensually, adverb
Can be confused
sensual, sensuous (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
2. lascivious.
Synonym Study
1. Sensual, sensuous, voluptuous refer to experience through the senses. Sensual refers, often unfavorably, to the enjoyments derived from the senses, especially from the gratification or indulgence of physical appetites: a sensual delight in eating; sensual excesses. Sensuous refers, favorably or literally, to what is experienced through the senses: sensuous impressions; sensuous poetry. Voluptuous implies the luxurious gratification of sensuous or sensual desires: voluptuous joys; voluptuous beauty. See also carnal.
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  • But I let myself be lured into long spells of senseless and sensual ease.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

  • He was particularly in love that day, but did not experience any sensual desire for her.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • Both these statements are false: she is sensual in another manner.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • No, the spiritual ought not and can not be free from the sensuous, even the sensual.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for sensual

sensual

/ˈsɛnsjʊəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to any of the senses or sense organs; bodily
2.
strongly or unduly inclined to gratification of the senses
3.
tending to arouse the bodily appetites, esp the sexual appetite
4.
of or relating to sensualism
Derived Forms
sensually, adverb
sensualness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin sensuālis, from Latin sēnsussense. Compare French sensuel, Italian sensuale
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Word Origin and History for sensual
adj.

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.

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sensual in Medicine

sensual sen·su·al (sěn'shōō-əl)
adj.

  1. Relating to or affecting any of the senses or a sense organ; sensory.

  2. Of, relating to, given to, or providing gratification of the physical and especially the sexual appetites.

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