[ sen-sey-shuh n ]
/ sɛnˈseɪ ʃən /


Nearby words

  1. sens,
  2. sensa,
  3. sensate,
  4. sensate focus,
  5. sensately,
  6. sensational,
  7. sensationalism,
  8. sensationalist,
  9. sensationalize,
  10. sensationism

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.

Related formssen·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. 2019

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 Formssensationless, adjective

Word Origin for sensation

C17: from Medieval Latin sensātiō, from Late Latin sensātus sensate

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Word Origin and History for sensation



1610s, "a reaction to external stimulation of the sense organs," from French sensation (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin sensationem (nominative sensatio), from Late Latin sensatus "endowed with sense, sensible," from Latin sensus "feeling" (see sense (n.)). Meaning "state of shock, surprise, in a community" first recorded 1779.

The great object of life is sensation -- to feel that we exist, even though in pain. It is this 'craving void' which drives us to gaming -- to battle, to travel -- to intemperate, but keenly felt, pursuits of any description, whose principal attraction is the agitation inseparable from their accomplishment. [Lord Byron, letter, Sept. 6, 1813]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine 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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