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[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.
Also, sensualness.
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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  • However many hours were spent in prayer, sensuality was not overlooked, especially in the country houses of the privileged.
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  • However, she would by no means consent ever to put on fine clothes, or do anything which seemed to favour vanity or sensuality.
  • In its horror of sensuality, it made an idol of asceticism, which has been gradually compromised away into one of legality.
  • His instinct perceived the fetidness of poverty, but no longer ferreted out the deeper evils in pride and sensuality.
  • And if that rich moment of sensuality were not there and not fully expressed, the show would not work.
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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