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sensual (adj.)

early 15c., "carnal, concerning the body" (in distinction from the spirit or intellect);" mid-15c., "of, affecting, or pertaining to the (physical) senses" (a meaning now obsolete), from Old French sensual, sensuel (15c.) and directly from Late Latin sensualis "endowed with feeling" (see sensuality).

The specific meaning "connected with gratification of the senses" is from late 15c., especially "lewd, unchaste, devoted to voluptuous pleasures." Related: Sensually.

updated on May 06, 2022

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Definitions of sensual from WordNet

sensual (adj.)
marked by the appetites and passions of the body;
music is the only sensual pleasure without vice
a sensual delight in eating
Synonyms: animal / carnal / fleshly
sensual (adj.)
sexually exciting or gratifying;
sensual excesses
Synonyms: sultry
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