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[sen-shoo-uh s] /ˈsɛn ʃu əs/
perceived by or affecting the senses:
the sensuous qualities of music.
readily affected through the senses:
a sensuous temperament.
of or relating to sensible objects or to the senses.
Origin of sensuous
1630-40; < Latin sēnsu(s) sense + -ous
Related forms
sensuously, adverb
sensuousness, sensuosity
[sen-shoo-os-i-tee] /ˌsɛn ʃuˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
antisensuous, adjective
antisensuously, adverb
antisensuousness, noun
hypersensuous, adjective
hypersensuously, adverb
hypersensuousness, noun
nonsensuous, adjective
nonsensuously, adverb
nonsensuousness, noun
subsensuous, adjective
subsensuously, adverb
subsensuousness, noun
supersensuous, adjective
supersensuously, adverb
supersensuousness, noun
unsensuous, adjective
unsensuously, adverb
unsensuousness, noun
Can be confused
sensual, sensuous (see synonym study at sensual)
1. See sensual. 2. feeling, sensible. 3. sentient. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sensuous
  • McCormick's dances throughout are sensuous marvels, pungent but never overwrought.
  • Yet lively, sensuous writing saves this plotless novel from thumb-sucking or preachiness.
  • There is a sensuous allure in the curving, swelling architecture of dunes.
  • Eating them was such a sensory and sensuous experience.
  • All of them, with their sensuous curves and luminescent faces, beg to be beheld.
  • Sophisticated yet functional, sensuous yet restrained, this is furniture you want to bring home to meet the family heirlooms.
  • The personal is mainly evident in a sensuous care for material and craft.
  • It is the combination of political authenticity with sensuous awareness that makes this novel so powerful.
  • Leaf's visionary ideas always emerge from a compellingly sensuous engagement with processes and materials.
  • Come here at night, however, and the experience transforms into a sensuous delight-a real pleasure of shared community.
British Dictionary definitions for sensuous


aesthetically pleasing to the senses
appreciative of or moved by qualities perceived by the senses
of, relating to, or derived from the senses
Derived Forms
sensuously, adverb
sensuousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: apparently coined by Milton to avoid the unwanted overtones of sensual; not in common use until C19: from Latin sēnsussense + -ous
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Word Origin and History for sensuous

1640s, "pertaining to the senses" apparently coined by Milton to recover the original meaning of sensual and avoid the lascivious connotation that the older word had acquired, but by 1870 sensuous, too, had begun down the same path and come to mean "alive to the pleasures of the senses." Rare before Coleridge popularized it "To express in one word all that appertains to the perception, considered as passive and merely recipient ...." (1814). From Latin sensus (see sense (n.)) + -ous. Related: Sensuously; sensuousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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