American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or state of being sensual or lascivious.
- n. Excessive devotion to sensual pleasure.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Sensual or carnal nature or promptings; carnality; worldliness.
- n. Unrestrained gratification of the bodily appetites; free indulgence in carnal or sensual pleasures.
- n. uncountable The state of being sensual, sensuous or sexy.
- n. countable A preoccupation with sensual pleasure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being sensual; devotedness to the gratification of the bodily appetites; free indulgence in carnal or sensual pleasures; luxuriousness; voluptuousness; lewdness.
- n. desire for sensual pleasures
- Confer French sensualité, Latin sensualitas ("sensibility, capacity for sensation"). (Wiktionary)
“As I began to read I found, that like foreplay, the first two stories built in sensuality to the full on sexual bite of the third.”
“In the German songbook during the Weimar, including his collaborations with Brecht, Kurt Weill used elements of jazz as an expression of sensuality, but also as a satirical element.”
“But the inherent sensuality is there in full measure.”
“But the innate sensuality is there in full measure.”
“This tradition of tranquil sensuality is of Moslem origin, and is perhaps still strongest among Moslems, but also on Jewish and Christian faces there can be recognized this steady light, which makes it seem as if the Puritans who banish pleasure and libertines who savage her did worse than we had imagined.”
“The fact is simply this: the passions of men originate in sensuality; those of women, in sentiment: man loves corporeally, woman mentally: which is the nobler creature?”
“And they drink the wine of the condemned, of such as they have fined and laid heavy mulcts upon, spending that in sensuality which they have got by injustice.”
“Their prosperity, which gratifies their sensuality, is like the fat of lambs, not solid or substantial, but loose and washy; and, when their ruin comes, they shall fall as sacrifices to the justice of God and be consumed as the fat of the sacrifices was upon the altar, whence it ascended in smoke.”
“A different kind of sensuality, that is not pornographic and not medical.”
“Supposedly shocking sexual art, illustrating self-loathing and perversion, totally lacked in sensuality.”
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