sensual, sensuous

sensual, sensuous
Several terms refer to satisfaction of the senses, among them sensual, sensuous, epicurean, luxurious, and voluptuous. Sensual applies to the physical senses only. Sensuous refers to what is experienced through all the senses, especially those involved in appreciation of art, music, literature, nature, and the like. One refers to sensual pleasures, such as eating and drinking, and to the sensuous sounds or delights of music, sculpture, etc.

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  • sensual / sensuous —    Sensual refers to physical, especially sexual, pleasure: Derry Yare wears sensual dresses to attract men.    Sensuous refers to anything artistic that appeals to the senses or appetites: Marguerita had prepared a sumptous, sensuous feast for… …   Confused words

  • sensual / sensuous —    Sensual refers to physical, especially sexual, pleasure: Derry Yare wears sensual dresses to attract men.    Sensuous refers to anything artistic that appeals to the senses or appetites: Marguerita had prepared a sumptous, sensuous feast for… …   Confused words

  • sensual, sensuous —    The words are only broadly synonymous. Sensual applies to a persons baser instincts, as distinguished from reason. It should always hold connotations of sexual allure or lust. Sensuous was coined by Milton to avoid those connotations and to… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • sensual, sensuous —    The words are only broadly synonymous. Sensual applies to a persons baser instincts, as distinguished from reason. It should always hold connotations of sexual allure or lust. Sensuous was coined by Milton to avoid those connotations and to… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • sensual — sensual, sensuous 1. Sensual is the older word (15c), and originally described feelings that involved the senses as distinct from the intellect. As it became more closely associated with aspects of physical indulgence characterized by the… …   Modern English usage

  • sensuous — sensual, sensuous 1. Sensual is the older word (15c), and originally described feelings that involved the senses as distinct from the intellect. As it became more closely associated with aspects of physical indulgence characterized by the… …   Modern English usage

  • sensual — sensually, adv. /sen shooh euhl/, adj. 1. pertaining to, inclined to, or preoccupied with the gratification of the senses or appetites; carnal; fleshly. 2. lacking in moral restraints; lewd or unchaste. 3. arousing or exciting the senses or… …   Universalium

  • sensual — sen•su•al [[t]ˈsɛn ʃu əl[/t]] adj. 1) arousing or preoccupied with gratification of the senses or appetites; carnal 2) lacking in moral restraints 3) worldly; materialistic 4) sensory • Etymology: 1400–50; < L sēnsuālis sen su•al′i•ty, n.… …   From formal English to slang

  • sensuous — See sensual, sensuous …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • sensual — See sensual, sensuous …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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