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Webster 1913 Edition


Sensual

Sen′su-al

,
Adj.
[L.
sensualis
, from
sensus
sense: cf. F.
sensuel
.]
1.
Pertaining to, consisting in, or affecting, the sense, or bodily organs of perception; relating to, or concerning, the body, in distinction from the spirit.
Pleasing and
sensual
rites and ceremonies.
Bacon.
Far as creation’s ample range extends,
The scale of
sensual
, mental powers ascends.
Pope.
2.
Hence, not spiritual or intellectual; carnal; fleshly; pertaining to, or consisting in, the gratification of the senses, or the indulgence of appetites; wordly.
These be they who separate themselves,
sensual
, having not the Spirit.
Jude 19.
The greatest part of men are such as prefer . . . that good which is
sensual
before whatsoever is most divine.
Hooker.
3.
Devoted to the pleasures of sense and appetite; luxurious; voluptuous; lewd; libidinous.
No small part of virtue consists in abstaining from that wherein
sensual
men place their felicity.
Atterbury.
4.
Pertaining or peculiar to the philosophical doctrine of sensualism.

Webster 1828 Edition


Sensual

SENSUAL

,
Adj.
[from L. sensus.]
Pertaining to the senses, as distinct from the mind or soul.
Far as creation's ample range extends.
The scale of sensual, mental pow'rs ascends. Pope.
2. Consisting in sense, or depending on it; as sensual appetites, hunger, lust, &c.
3. Affecting the senses, or derived from them; as sensual pleasure or gratification. Hence,
4. In theology, carnal; pertaining to the flesh or body, in opposition to the spirit; not spiritual or holy; evil.
5. Devoted to the gratification of sense; given to the indulgence of the appetites; sewd; luxurious.
No small part of virtue consists in abstaining from that on wich sensual men place their felicity. Atterbury.

Definition 2021


sensual

sensual

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Adjective

sensual (comparative more sensual, superlative most sensual)

  1. Inducing pleasurable and/or erotic sensations.
    That massage was a very sensual experience!
  2. (not comparable) Of or pertaining to the physical senses; sensory.
    Plato believed that this sensual world in which we live is inferior to the heavenly realm.

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Etymology

Late Latin sensualis, from Latin sensus.

Adjective

sensual m, f (plural sensuais, comparable)

  1. Sexually attractive; sexy.

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Spanish

Adjective

sensual m, f (plural sensuales)

  1. sensual

Noun

sensual m, f (plural sensuales)

  1. sensualist