Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Appealing to the senses, or to sensual gratification.
  • adj. Of or relating to the senses; sensory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

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

  • adj. taking delight in beauty

Etymologies

From Latin sensusĀ ("sense") + English -ous. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Summit Daily News - Top Stories

  • The realm of the sensuous is the realm of individual things in space and time.

    Hegel's Aesthetics

  • They might almost have been called sensuous, but this was not a man whose demeanor spoke of such things.

    The Unquiet

  • Poetic, elliptical pic unfolds in short, sensuous stream-of-consciousness-like scenes that evoke an interior world of emotion and sensation. "

    GreenCine Daily

  • The feeling which thus enters as a factor into any sensation is known as sensuous feeling.

    Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education

  • 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?

    A History of English Literature

  • 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.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • 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.

    >Letters upon the Aesthetic Education of Man. Letter XX.

  • 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.

    Under the Skylights

  • 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.

    Science and the Infinite or Through a Window in the Blank Wall

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