Try Our Apps


Famous Last Words


[sen-shoo-uh-liz-uh m] /ˈsɛn ʃu əˌlɪz əm/
subjection to sensual appetites; sensuality.
Philosophy. sensationalism (def 3).
Origin of sensualism
First recorded in 1795-1805; sensual + -ism
Related forms
hypersensualism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for sensualism
Historical Examples
  • They would have grown upwards into higher ideas of life, not downwards into sensualism and mere worldliness, like the many.

    The Allen House T. S. Arthur
  • Not the virginity that spells a piquant preface to sensualism.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • Thus the eye may give nine types of affection, nine of pride, nine of sensualism, etc.

  • This "tragedy of sensualism" has qualities too arresting to be lightly disregarded.

    Modernities Horace Barnett Samuel
  • He had a giant form, which seemed to be breaking down with luxury and sensualism.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
  • He had an air of sensualism, of one who held women very light.

    To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
  • On this platform one lives in a sty of sensualism, and would soon come to suicide.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • A sensualism so delicate that it did not appear to be sensualism began to invade him.

    Marching Men Sherwood Anderson
  • It cut the roots equally of idealism and sensualism, and was eagerly received by thoughtful men in Europe and in this country.

    The Genius of Scotland Robert Turnbull
  • She was dressed in some soft, flowing, white material which gave her more of a seraphic appearance than one of sensualism.

    The Witch Hypnotizer Zena A. Maher
British Dictionary definitions for sensualism


the quality or state of being sensual
another word for sensationalism (sense 3a), sensationalism (sense 3b)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for sensualism

1803, "the philosophical doctrine that the senses are the sole source of knowledge," from sensual + -ism. From 1813 as "addiction to sensual indulgence."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for sensualism

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for sensualism

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for sensualism