[sen-shoo-uh-liz-uh m]


subjection to sensual appetites; sensuality.
Philosophy. sensationalism(def 3).

Origin of sensualism

First recorded in 1795–1805; sensual + -ism
Related formshy·per·sen·su·al·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Examples from the Web for sensualism

Historical Examples of sensualism

  • 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for sensualism



the quality or state of being sensual
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Word Origin and History for sensualism

1803, "the philosophical doctrine that the senses are the sole source of knowledge," from sensual + -ism. From 1813 as "addiction to sensual indulgence."

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