adjective Etymology: Latin sensus sense + English -ous Date: 1640 1. a. of or relating to the senses or sensible objects b. producing or characterized by gratification of the senses ; having strong sensory appeal <
sensuous pleasure
2. characterized by sense impressions or imagery aimed at the senses <
sensuous verse
3. highly susceptible to influence through the senses • sensuosity nounsensuously adverbsensuousness noun Synonyms: sensuous, sensual, luxurious, voluptuous mean relating to or providing pleasure through gratification of the senses. sensuous implies gratification of the senses for the sake of aesthetic pleasure <
the sensuous delights of great music
. sensual tends to imply the gratification of the senses or the indulgence of the physical appetites as ends in themselves <
a life devoted to sensual pleasures
. luxurious suggests the indulgence of sensuous pleasure inducing bodily ease and languor <
a luxurious hotel
. voluptuous implies more strongly an abandonment especially to sensual pleasure <
a voluptuous feast

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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