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or sensualness

[sen-shoo-al-i-tee] /ˌsɛn ʃuˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural sensualities.
sensual nature:
the sensuality of Keats's poetry.
unrestrained indulgence in sensual pleasures.
lewdness; unchastity.
Origin of sensuality
1300-50; Middle English sensualite < Old French < Late Latin sēnsuālitās. See sensual, -ity
Related forms
antisensuality, noun, plural antisensualities, adjective
hypersensuality, noun
nonsensuality, noun Unabridged
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  • The books refer to the life of Antony and Cleopatra as being given over to sensuality, licentiousness, profligacy.

  • For most of us the strain of sensuality in our loves is very strong.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • I had resisted, the allurements of sensuality and dissipation incident to my age.

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • An odour of luxury and sensuality floated through the apartment.

  • Worldliness, sensuality, and devilism are things helped forward by their gibberish.

    Gipsy Life George Smith
British Dictionary definitions for sensuality


noun (pl) -ties
the quality or state of being sensual
excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures
Derived Forms
sensualist (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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