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sensualism

[sen-shoo-uh-liz-uh m] /ˈsɛn ʃu əˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
subjection to sensual appetites; sensuality.
2.
Philosophy. sensationalism (def 3).
Origin of sensualism
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805; sensual + -ism
Related forms
hypersensualism, noun
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  • Not the virginity that spells a piquant preface to sensualism.

    Erik Dorn

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

    Modernities

    Horace Barnett Samuel
  • He had an air of sensualism, of one who held women very light.

    To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
  • A sensualism so delicate that it did not appear to be sensualism began to invade him.

    Marching Men Sherwood Anderson
  • If in the inverse direction, opposite the interlocutor, sensualism is indicated.

  • 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
  • The prevalence of such a sensualism or aestheticism would alone suffice to explain the impotence of the arts.

    Three Philosophical Poets George Santayana
  • He grew able to resist the contagion of her sensualism and to make her happy, without essentially occupying himself.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
  • Epicurus has been branded as a libertine, and the name "Epicurean" has, in almost all languages, become the synonym of sensualism.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker
  • No roughness disfigures, no sensualism blights, no straining for effect chills, no meretricious ornament destroys them.

British Dictionary definitions for sensualism

sensualism

/ˈsɛnsjʊəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being sensual
2.
another word for sensationalism (sense 3a), sensationalism (sense 3b)
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Word Origin and History for sensualism
n.

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
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