sensual

[sen-shoo-uhl]
adjective
1.
pertaining to, inclined to, or preoccupied with the gratification of the senses or appetites; carnal; fleshly.
2.
lacking in moral restraints; lewd or unchaste.
3.
arousing or exciting the senses or appetites.
4.
worldly; materialistic; irreligious.
5.
of or pertaining to the senses or physical sensation; sensory.
6.
pertaining to the philosophical doctrine of sensationalism.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin sēnsuālis, equivalent to sēnsu-, stem of sēnsus sense + -ālis -al1

sensually, adverb
hypersensual, adjective
hypersensually, adverb
hypersensualness, noun
nonsensual, adjective
nonsensually, adverb
subsensual, adjective
subsensually, adverb
transsensual, adjective
transsensually, adverb
unsensual, adjective
unsensually, adverb

sensual, sensuous (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. Sensual, sensuous, voluptuous refer to experience through the senses. Sensual refers, often unfavorably, to the enjoyments derived from the senses, especially from the gratification or indulgence of physical appetites: a sensual delight in eating; sensual excesses. Sensuous refers, favorably or literally, to what is experienced through the senses: sensuous impressions; sensuous poetry. Voluptuous implies the luxurious gratification of sensuous or sensual desires: voluptuous joys; voluptuous beauty. See also carnal. 2. lascivious.
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sensual (ˈsɛnsjʊəl)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to any of the senses or sense organs; bodily
2.  strongly or unduly inclined to gratification of the senses
3.  tending to arouse the bodily appetites, esp the sexual appetite
4.  of or relating to sensualism
 
[C15: from Late Latin sensuālis, from Latin sēnsussense. Compare French sensuel, Italian sensuale]
 
'sensually
 
adv
 
'sensualness
 
n

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sensual
mid-15c., "of or pertaining to the senses," from L.L. sensualis (see sensuality). Meaning "connected with gratification of the senses," especially "lewd, unchaste" is attested from late 15c.
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sensual sen·su·al (sěn'shōō-əl)
adj.

  1. Relating to or affecting any of the senses or a sense organ; sensory.

  2. Of, relating to, given to, or providing gratification of the physical and especially the sexual appetites.

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Example sentences
We are bound by the paradigm of our own physical makeup and sensual apparatus.
We already have several donut threads, all waiting to be resurrected for your
  sensual pleasure.
With no interruptions from cars or rocks, the sensual pleasures of still water
  and cadenced pedal strokes take hold.
At some point that channel is going to open up in your computer, and that will
  turn it into a much more sensual machine.
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