Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Excessive devotion to sensual pleasure; sensuality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Addiction to or obsession with sensual pleasures or affairs
  • n. The doctrine that gratification of the senses is the highest good.
  • n. The doctrine that all knowledge not only originates in sensation, but are transformed sensations, copies or relics of sensations; sensationalism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition or character of one who is sensual; subjection to sensual feelings and appetite; sensuality.
  • n. The doctrine that all our ideas, or the operations of the understanding, not only originate in sensation, but are transformed sensations, copies or relics of sensations; sensationalism; sensism.
  • n. The regarding of the gratification of the senses as the highest good.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A state of subjection to sensual feelings and appetites; sensuality; especially, lewdness.
  • n. In philosophy, the doctrine that the only source of knowledge is sensation; sensationalism. Also sensism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. desire for sensual pleasures
  • n. (philosophy) the ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion for what is good

Etymologies

sensual +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

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