[ sen-sey-shuh n ]
/ sɛnˈseɪ ʃən /


Origin of sensation

1605–15; < Medieval Latin sēnsātiōn- (stem of sēnsātiō), equivalent to Late Latin sēnsāt(us) sensate + -iōn- -ion

SYNONYMS FOR sensation

2, 4 See sense.
6 excitement, stimulation, animation; agitation, commotion, perturbation.


sen·sa·tion·less, adjectivenon·sen·sa·tion, nounre·sen·sa·tion, nounsub·sen·sa·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for sensation

British Dictionary definitions for sensation

/ (sɛnˈseɪʃən) /


the power of perceiving through the senses
a physical condition or experience resulting from the stimulation of one of the sense organsa sensation of warmth
a general feeling or awarenessa sensation of fear
a state of widespread public excitementhis announcement caused a sensation
anything that causes such a stateyour speech was a sensation

Derived forms of sensation

sensationless, adjective

Word Origin for sensation

C17: from Medieval Latin sensātiō, from Late Latin sensātus sensate
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Medical definitions for sensation

[ sĕn-sāshən ]


A perception associated with stimulation of a sense organ or with a specific body condition.
The faculty to feel or perceive; physical sensibility.
An indefinite, generalized body feeling.
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