Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Excessive devotion to sensual pleasure; sensuality.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The condition or character of one who is sensual; subjection to sensual feelings and appetite; sensuality.
  • noun (Philos.) 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.
  • noun (Ethics) The regarding of the gratification of the senses as the highest good.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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sensual +‎ -ism

Examples

  • In full reaction from the "sensualism" of Condillac, he restored a due activity to the _ego_; he made it a force not restricted to the reception of sensations, which transform themselves, but one which seized upon, elaborated, linked together, and combined them.

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  • The philosophy which follows is that of self-centred materialism and 'sensualism'.

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  • (Like much of Davenport's work it is imbued with a Fourieresque utopianism and homoerotic sensualism that is both deeply appealing in its relish of the world's intellectual and sensational richness and deeply unsettling in its openness to critique as pederastic apologia.)

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  • "All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music," wrote Walter Pater in The Renaissance, a collection of criticism that scandalized Oxford in the 1870s by its apparent advocacy of sensualism and momentariness.

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  • (Like much of Davenport's work it is imbued with a Fourieresque utopianism and homoerotic sensualism that is both deeply appealing in its relish of the world's intellectual and sensational richness and deeply unsettling in its openness to critique as pederastic apologia.)

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  • This isn't just about the sexual aspects of sensualism, it is about 'feeling'.

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  • This isn't just about the sexual aspects of sensualism, it is about 'feeling'.

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  • "All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music," wrote Walter Pater in The Renaissance, a collection of criticism that scandalized Oxford in the 1870s by its apparent advocacy of sensualism and momentariness.

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  • A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; thenext of its dignity and sanctity.

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  • "All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music," wrote Walter Pater in The Renaissance, a collection of criticism that scandalized Oxford in the 1870s by its apparent advocacy of sensualism and momentariness.

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