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voluptuous

[vuh-luhp-choo-uh s] /vəˈlʌp tʃu əs/
adjective
1.
full of, characterized by, or ministering to indulgence in luxury, pleasure, and sensuous enjoyment:
a voluptuous life.
2.
derived from gratification of the senses:
voluptuous pleasure.
3.
directed toward or concerned with sensuous enjoyment or sensual pleasure:
voluptuous desires.
4.
sensuously pleasing or delightful:
voluptuous beauty.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin voluptuōsus, equivalent to volupt(ās) pleasure + -ōsus -ous; -u- probably by association with sumptuōsus sumptuous
Related forms
voluptuously, adverb
voluptuousness, voluptuosity
[vuh-luhp-choo-os-i-tee] /vəˌlʌp tʃuˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
unvoluptuous, adjective
unvoluptuously, adverb
unvoluptuousness, noun
Synonyms
1. See sensual.
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  • Her dress, relatively modest in earlier scenes, is suddenly voluptuous and revealing.
British Dictionary definitions for voluptuous

voluptuous

/vəˈlʌptjʊəs/
adjective
1.
relating to, characterized by, or consisting of pleasures of the body or senses; sensual
2.
disposed, devoted, or addicted to sensual indulgence or luxurious pleasures
3.
provocative and sexually alluring, esp through shapeliness or fullness: a voluptuous woman
Derived Forms
voluptuously, adverb
voluptuousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin voluptuōsus full of gratification, from voluptās pleasure
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Word Origin and History for voluptuous
adj.

late 14c., "of desires or appetites," from Old French voluptueux, from Latin voluptuosus "full of pleasure, delightful," from voluptas "pleasure, delight," from volup "pleasurably," perhaps ultimately related to velle "to wish," from PIE *wol-/*wel- "be pleasing" (see will (v.)). Meaning "addicted to sensual pleasure" is recorded from mid-15c. Sense of "suggestive of sensual pleasure" is attested from 1816 (Byron); especially in reference to feminine beauty from 1839.

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