- full of, characterized by, or ministering to indulgence in luxury, pleasure, and sensuous enjoyment: a voluptuous life.
- derived from gratification of the senses: voluptuous pleasure.
- directed toward or concerned with sensuous enjoyment or sensual pleasure: voluptuous desires.
- sensuously pleasing or delightful: voluptuous beauty.
Origin of voluptuous
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- relating to, characterized by, or consisting of pleasures of the body or senses; sensual
- disposed, devoted, or addicted to sensual indulgence or luxurious pleasures
- provocative and sexually alluring, esp through shapeliness or fullnessa voluptuous woman
Word Origin and History for voluptuosity
late 14c., "of desires or appetites," from Old French voluptueux, from Latin voluptuosus "full of pleasure, delightful," from voluptas "pleasure, delight," from volup "pleasurably," perhaps ultimately related to velle "to wish," from PIE *wol-/*wel- "be pleasing" (see will (v.)). Meaning "addicted to sensual pleasure" is recorded from mid-15c. Sense of "suggestive of sensual pleasure" is attested from 1816 (Byron); especially in reference to feminine beauty from 1839.