- 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 sensually
A beautiful, naked, self-confident woman, sensually cradling...a cod?'An Inconvenient Truth' for Fish
June 17, 2009
For a moment the thought of her flung across the bed and weeping stirred him sensually.Erik Dorn
She loved me intellectually and sensually, but not with the soul.An Anarchist Woman
It was as if her hands, sensually understanding, were reaching voluptuously for his heart.Narcissus
The humor of it came home to her—that she should sensually feel the cold.Ewing\'s Lady
Harry Leon Wilson
They're utilizing virtue as a cloak for the sensually tantalizing discussion of immorality.Gargoyles
- 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 sensually
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.