What does sensual mean?

Definitions for sensual
ˈsɛn ʃu əlsen·su·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. animal(a), carnal, fleshly, sensualadjective

    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, sultryadjective

    sexually exciting or gratifying

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

Wiktionary

  1. sensualadjective

    Inducing pleasurable and/or erotic sensations.

    That massage was a very sensual experience!

  2. sensualadjective

    Of or pertaining to the physical senses; sensory.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SENSUALadjective

    Etymology: sensuel, French.

    Men in general are too partial, in favour of a sensual appetite, to take notice of truth when they have found it. Roger L'Estrange.

    Far as creation’s ample range extends,
    The scale of sensual, mental pow’rs ascends. Alexander Pope.

    The greatest part of men are such as prefer their own private good before all things, even that good which is sensual before whatsoever is most divine. Richard Hooker.

    From amidst them rose
    Belial, the dissolutest spirit that fell,
    The sensuallest; and, after Asmodai,
    The fleshliest incubus. Paradise Regain’d.

    No small part of virtue consists in abstaining from that wherein sensual men place their felicity. Francis Atterbury.

Wikipedia

  1. sensual

    A sense is a biological system used by an organism for sensation, the process of gathering information about the world through the detection of stimuli. (For example, in the human body, the brain which is part of the central nervous system receives signals from the senses which continuously receive information from the environment, interprets these signals, and causes the body to respond, either chemically or physically.) Although traditionally five human senses were identified as such (namely sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing), it is now recognized that there are many more. Senses used by non-human organisms are even greater in variety and number. During sensation, sense organs collect various stimuli (such as a sound or smell) for transduction, meaning transformation into a form that can be understood by the brain. Sensation and perception are fundamental to nearly every aspect of an organism's cognition, behavior and thought. In organisms, a sensory organ consists of a group of interrelated sensory cells that respond to a specific type of physical stimulus. Via cranial and spinal nerves (nerves of the Central and Peripheral nervous systems that relay sensory information to and from the brain and body), the different types of sensory receptor cells (such as mechanoreceptors, photoreceptors, chemoreceptors, thermoreceptors) in sensory organs transduct sensory information from these organs towards the central nervous system, finally arriving at the sensory cortices in the brain, where sensory signals are processed and interpreted (perceived). Sensory systems, or senses, are often divided into external (exteroception) and internal (interoception) sensory systems. Human external senses are based on the sensory organs of the eyes, ears, skin, nose, and mouth. Internal sensation detects stimuli from internal organs and tissues. Internal senses possessed by humans include the vestibular system (sense of balance) sensed by the inner ear, as well as others such as spatial orientation, proprioception (body position) and nociception (pain). Further internal senses lead to signals such as hunger, thirst, suffocation, and nausea, or different involuntary behaviors, such as vomiting. Some animals are able to detect electrical and magnetic fields, air moisture, or polarized light, while others sense and perceive through alternative systems, such as echolocation. Sensory modalities or sub modalities are different ways sensory information is encoded or transduced. Multimodality integrates different senses into one unified perceptual experience. For example, information from one sense has the potential to influence how information from another is perceived. Sensation and perception are studied by a variety of related fields, most notably psychophysics, neurobiology, cognitive psychology, and cognitive science.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sensualadjective

    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. Sensualadjective

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

  3. Sensualadjective

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

  4. Sensualadjective

    pertaining or peculiar to the philosophical doctrine of sensualism

  5. Etymology: [L. sensualis, from sensus sense: cf. F. sensuel.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sensual in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sensual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of sensual in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Osbert Mordaunt:

    Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife, Throughout the sensual world proclaim, One crowded hour of glorious life, Is worth an age without name.

  2. Haniel Long:

    In youth the human body drew me and was the object of my secret and natural dreams. But body after body has taken away from me that sensual phosphorescence which my youth delighted in. Within me is no disturbing interplay now, but only the steady currents of adaptation and of sympathy.

  3. Caroline Castigliano:

    In the evening... that’s their friends, I think Freya Rose will change. Then I think Freya Rose will get into something much more slinky … lovely and sensual and in a totally different way, i think Freya Rose will have a really low backless dress … really showing off Freya Rose fabulous figure.

  4. Rainer Maria Rilke:

    Physical pleasure is a sensual experience no different from pure seeing or the pure sensation with which a fine fruit fills the tongue; it is a great unending experience, which is given us, a knowing of the world, the fullness and the glory of all knowing. And not our acceptance of it is bad; the bad thing is that most people misuse and squander this experience and apply it as a stimulant at the tired spots of their lives and as distraction instead of a rallying toward exalted moments.

  5. Paul Valery:

    ...in song the words tend to lose their significance, do often lose it, while at the other extreme, in current prose it is the musical value that tends to disappear - so that verse stands symmetrically, as it were, between song, on the one hand, and prose on the other - and is thus admirably and delicately balanced between the sensual and the intellectual power of language.

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