Definitions for sensualˈsɛn ʃu əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sen•su•al*ˈsɛn ʃu əl(adj.)

  1. arousing or preoccupied with gratification of the senses or appetites; carnal.

  2. lacking in moral restraints.

  3. worldly; materialistic.

  4. sensory.

* Syn: sensual , sensuous both refer to experience through the senses. sensual refers to the enjoyments derived from the senses, esp. to the gratification or indulgence of physical appetites: sensual pleasures. sensuous refers to that which is aesthetically pleasing to the senses: sensuous poetry. See also carnal.

Origin of sensual:

1400–50; < L sēnsuālis


Princeton's WordNet

  1. animal(a), carnal, fleshly, sensual(adj)

    marked by the appetites and passions of the body

    "animal instincts"; "carnal knowledge"; "fleshly desire"; "a sensual delight in eating"; "music is the only sensual pleasure without vice"

  2. sensual, sultry(adj)

    sexually exciting or gratifying

    "sensual excesses"; "a sultry look"; "a sultry dance"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sensual(adjective)ˈsɛn ʃu əl

    physically pleasurable, or relating to physical pleasures

    a sensual experience; a sensual love letter


  1. sensual(Adjective)

    Inducing pleasurable and/or erotic sensations.

    That massage was a very sensual experience!

  2. sensual(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the physical senses; sensory.

    Plato believed that this sensual world in which we live is inferior to the heavenly realm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sensual(adj)

    pertaining to, consisting in, or affecting, the sense, or bodily organs of perception; relating to, or concerning, the body, in distinction from the spirit

  2. Sensual(adj)

    hence, not spiritual or intellectual; carnal; fleshly; pertaining to, or consisting in, the gratification of the senses, or the indulgence of appetites; wordly

  3. Sensual(adj)

    devoted to the pleasures of sense and appetite; luxurious; voluptuous; lewd; libidinous

  4. Sensual(adj)

    pertaining or peculiar to the philosophical doctrine of sensualism

Anagrams of sensual

  1. unseals

Translations for sensual

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of the senses and the body rather than the mind

sensual pleasures.

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