Sensual Sen"su*al, a. [L. sensualis, from sensus sense: cf. F. sensuel.] 1. Pertaining to, consisting in, or affecting, the sense, or bodily organs of perception; relating to, or concerning, the body, in distinction from the spirit. [1913 Webster]

Pleasing and sensual rites and ceremonies. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Far as creation's ample range extends, The scale of sensual, mental powers ascends. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, not spiritual or intellectual; carnal; fleshly; pertaining to, or consisting in, the gratification of the senses, or the indulgence of appetites; wordly. [1913 Webster]

These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. --Jude 19. [1913 Webster]

The greatest part of men are such as prefer . . . that good which is sensual before whatsoever is most divine. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

3. Devoted to the pleasures of sense and appetite; luxurious; voluptuous; lewd; libidinous. [1913 Webster]

No small part of virtue consists in abstaining from that wherein sensual men place their felicity. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

4. Pertaining or peculiar to the philosophical doctrine of sensualism. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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