voluptuous
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin voluptuosus, irregular from voluptas pleasure, from volup pleasurable; akin to Greek elpesthai to hope, Latin velle to wish — more at will Date: 14th century 1. a. full of delight or pleasure to the senses ; conducive to or arising from sensuous or sensual gratification ; luxurious <
a voluptuous dance
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voluptuous ornamentation
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a voluptuous wine
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b. suggesting sensual pleasure by fullness and beauty of form <
voluptuous nudes
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2. given to or spent in enjoyment of luxury, pleasure, or sensual gratifications <
a long and voluptuous holiday — Edmund Wilson
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Synonyms: see sensuousvoluptuously adverbvoluptuousness noun

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  • Voluptuous — Vo*lup tu*ous, a. [F. voluptueux, L. voluptuosus, fr. voluptas pleasure, volup agreeably, delightfully; probably akin to Gr. ? to hope, ? hope, and to L. velle to wish. See {Voluntary}.] 1. Full of delight or pleasure, especially that of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • voluptuous — late 14c., of desires or appetites, from O.Fr. voluptueux, from L. 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • voluptuous — luxurious, sybaritic, epicurean, *sensuous, sensual Analogous words: indulging or indulgent, pampering (see corresponding verbs at INDULGE): *luxurious, opulent, sumptuous Antonyms: ascetic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • voluptuous — [adj] given to sensual pleasure; pleasurable to the senses appealing, attractive, delightful, desirable, enticing, erotic, fleshly, hedonist, hedonistic, indulgent, lubricious, luxurious, pleasing, salacious, self indulgent, sensuous, sexy,… …   New thesaurus

  • voluptuous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or characterized by luxury or sensual pleasure. 2) (of a woman) curvaceous and sexually attractive. DERIVATIVES voluptuously adverb voluptuousness noun. ORIGIN Latin voluptuosus, from voluptas pleasure …   English terms dictionary

  • voluptuous — [və lup′cho͞o əs] adj. [ME < L voluptuosus, full of pleasure < voluptas, pleasure < IE base * wel , to wish, choose > WILL2] 1. full of, producing, or characterized by sensual delights and pleasures; sensual 2. fond of or directed… …   English World dictionary

  • voluptuous — vo|lup|tu|ous [ və lʌptʃuəs ] adjective 1. ) a voluptuous woman has a large curved body and is sexually attractive: a voluptuous blonde voluptuous curves 2. ) LITERARY a voluptuous taste, smell, etc. affects your senses in a strong and pleasant… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • voluptuous — UK [vəˈlʌptʃʊəs] / US [vəˈlʌptʃuəs] adjective 1) a voluptuous woman has a large curved body and is sexually attractive a voluptuous blonde voluptuous curves 2) suggesting or expressing a strong sexual desire slow voluptuous caresses 3) literary a …   English dictionary

  • voluptuous — /vəˈlʌptʃuəs / (say vuh lupchoohuhs) adjective 1. full of, characterised by, or ministering to pleasure or luxurious or sensual enjoyment: a voluptuous life. 2. derived from luxurious or full gratification of the senses: voluptuous pleasure. 3.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • voluptuous — voluptuously, adv. voluptuousness, voluptuosity /veuh lup chooh os i tee/, n. /veuh lup chooh euhs/, adj. 1. full of, characterized by, or ministering to indulgence in luxury, pleasure, and sensuous enjoyment: a voluptuous life. 2. derived from… …   Universalium

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