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sensualism

[sen-shoo-uh-liz-uh m] /ˈsɛn ʃu əˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
subjection to sensual appetites; sensuality.
2.
Philosophy, sensationalism (def 3).
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; sensual + -ism
Related forms
hypersensualism, noun
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  • She knew that there is a sensualism of grief which the heart with a high purpose can no more indulge than the sensualism of joy.
  • It is often a sickly sensualism poorly disguised under a thin veil.
British Dictionary definitions for sensualism

sensualism

/ˈsɛnsjʊəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being sensual
2.
another word for sensationalism (sense 3a), sensationalism (sense 3b)
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Word Origin and History for sensualism
n.

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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