American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or derived from the senses.
- adj. Appealing to or gratifying the senses.
- adj. Readily affected through the senses.
- adj. Highly appreciative of the pleasures of sensation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, derived from, or ministering to the senses; connected with sensible objects: as, sensuous pleasures.
- Readily affected through the senses; alive to the pleasure to be received through the senses.
- Synonyms Carnal, etc. See sensual.
- adj. Appealing to the senses, or to sensual gratification.
- adj. not comparable Of or relating to the senses; sensory.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to the senses, or sensible objects; addressing the senses; suggesting pictures or images of sense.
- adj. Highly susceptible to influence through the senses.
- adj. taking delight in beauty
- From Latin sensus ("sense") + English -ous. (Wiktionary)
“His next task: Hone his unique vibe, which he characterizes as sensuous and seductive - with additional influences from popular music, rhythm-and-blues and alternative rock.”
“The realm of the sensuous is the realm of individual things in space and time.”
“They might almost have been called sensuous, but this was not a man whose demeanor spoke of such things.”
“Poetic, elliptical pic unfolds in short, sensuous stream-of-consciousness-like scenes that evoke an interior world of emotion and sensation. ”
“The feeling which thus enters as a factor into any sensation is known as sensuous feeling.”
“Are they powerfully sensuous, that is do they appeal strongly to the physical senses, of sight (color, light, and movement), sound (including music), smell, taste, touch, and general physical sensation?”
“The immediate perception of sensuous or material objects by our senses is called sensuous or empirical intuition, the immediate apprehension of intellectual or immaterial objects by our intelligence is called intellectual intuition.”
“There is a moment, in fact, when the instinct of life, not yet opposed to the instinct of form, acts as nature and as necessity; when the sensuous is a power because man has not begun; for even in man there can be no other power than his will.”
“Daffingdon recalled the sensuous Oriental masterpiece at the club and saw no reason why the possessor of such a particular talent could be expected to succeed in a bank.”
“This is, I think, evident, as Beauty is not the Reality; it is only what may be called the sensuous expression of the Reality or Spiritual on the physical plane.”
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