Definition of sensuous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛnʃʊəs/


1Relating to or affecting the senses rather than the intellect: the work showed a deliberate disregard of the more sensuous and immediately appealing aspects of painting
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  • The viewer comes away with an appreciation of the sensuous and intellectual pleasure of these paintings.
  • The aesthetic is the sensuous, what is given to the senses.
  • It is sensuous in that it makes full use of the senses - seeing, touching, smelling, tasting and hearing.
aesthetically pleasing, aesthetic, pleasurable, gratifying, rich, sumptuous, luxurious;
sensory, sensorial
2Attractive or gratifying physically, especially sexually: her voice was rather deep but very sensuous
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  • He's undeniably attractive, with a sensuous mouth that twists with a thin, mocking smile.
  • His works lack their sexual charge and sensuous richness.
  • His music's lush, even sensuous harmonies make it a joy to sing.
sexually attractive, sexy, seductive, voluptuous, luscious, lush


On the use of the words sensuous and sensual, see sensual (usage).



Pronunciation: /ˈsɛnʃʊəsli/
Example sentences
  • Then, she'd sunbathe sensuously on the doormat, brown eyes half closed, body hot from the rays, like a jet-set heiress on the white sand beach in Ibiza.
  • Otherwise, there were yielding green figs in winey, citrusy syrup, with a faultless vanilla ice-cream liquefying sensuously into it.
  • He is, to begin with, beautifully, sensuously feminine, not merely somewhat androgynous.


Pronunciation: /ˈsɛnʃʊəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Nevertheless, her particular conception of, and attitude toward, love does not in the least harm her extreme sensuousness and desirability as a wonderfully voluptuous bed partner.
  • The snow-capped mountain ranges, the sheer sensuousness of the sublime peaks and their changing hues provide a serene touch to the exhibition.
  • Reaching into the little envelopes feels like an almost violating act - and the sensuousness of the writing gives it an electric, erotic, exciting charge.


Mid 17th century: from Latin sensus 'sense' + -ous.

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