- 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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Examples from the Web for voluptuous
Was it Shakespeare, in mad pursuit of a lovely boy and that voluptuous Dark Lady?Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
Arriving at Bordelet's ciderie, we parked along a stone wall bedecked with vibrant, voluptuous yellow and red roses.Wine, Watch Out! These Ciders Are Just as Good
July 19, 2014
In escort circles, there are two brunette archetypes: the prim Audrey Hepburn type, and the voluptuous Ashley Dupré type.Call Girls Out-Class Mistresses
December 6, 2009
Voluptuous and enjoyable are two words you might select to describe a Rick Hertzberg column.Rick Hertzberg's Victory Dance
November 3, 2009
He is there to stalk Bathory, a lesbian vampire queen with “a voluptuous feminine figure” and a “masculine strength.”Stoker Family Values
October 30, 2009
He was as wicked as most of the race, fierce, violent, and voluptuous.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
He was too cowardly, too voluptuous to risk his tranquillity.Therese Raquin
They despatch the day's weary chores, and fly to voluptuous reveries.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have not schemed to win a pampered and voluptuous existence.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
That sort of thing would only please a rich and voluptuous Turk.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- 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 voluptuous
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.