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noun, plural sen·su·al·i·ties.
  1. sensual nature: the sensuality of Keats's poetry.
  2. unrestrained indulgence in sensual pleasures.
  3. lewdness; unchastity.
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Sometimes sen·su·al·ness [sen-shoo-uh l-nis] /ˈsɛn ʃu əl nɪs/.

Origin of sensuality

1300–50; Middle English sensualite < Old French < Late Latin sēnsuālitās. See sensual, -ity
Related formsan·ti·sen·su·al·i·ty, noun, plural an·ti·sen·su·al·i·ties, adjectivehy·per·sen·su·al·i·ty, nounnon·sen·su·al·i·ty, noun
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noun plural -ties
  1. the quality or state of being sensual
  2. excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures
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Derived Formssensualist (ˈsɛnsjʊəlɪst), noun
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Word Origin and History for sensuality


mid-14c., "the part of man that is concerned with the senses," from Old French sensualite "the five senses; impression," from Late Latin sensualitatem (nominative sensualitas) "capacity for sensation," from Latin sensualis "endowed with feeling, sensitive," from sensus "feeling" (see sense (n.)). Chiefly "animal instincts and appetites," hence "the lower nature regarded as a source of evil, lusts of the flesh" (1620s).

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