sensuality


sensuality
sensuality mid-14c., "the part of man that is concerned with the senses," from O.Fr. sensualité, from L.L. sensualitatem (nom. sensualitas) "capacity for sensation," from L. sensualis "endowed with feeling, sensitive," from sensus "feeling" (see SENSE (Cf. sense)). Chiefly "animal instincts and appetites," hence "the lower nature regarded as a source of evil, lusts of the flesh" (1620s).

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  • Sensuality — Sen su*al i*ty, n. [CF. F. sensualit[ e], L. sensualitas sensibility, capacity for sensation.] The quality or state of being sensual; devotedness to the gratification of the bodily appetites; free indulgence in carnal or sensual pleasures;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sensuality — [sen΄sho͞o al′ə tē] n. 1. the state or quality of being sensual; fondness for or indulgence in sensual pleasures 2. lasciviousness; lewdness …   English World dictionary

  • sensuality — /sen shooh al i tee/, n., pl. sensualities. 1. sensual nature: the sensuality of Keats s poetry. 2. unrestrained indulgence in sensual pleasures. 3. lewdness; unchastity. Also, sensualness. [1300 50; ME sensualite < OF < LL sensualitas. See… …   Universalium

  • sensuality — sensual ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to the physical senses as a source of pleasure, especially sexual pleasure. DERIVATIVES sensualist noun sensuality noun sensually adverb. USAGE Strictly speaking there is a difference between sensual and sensuous.… …   English terms dictionary

  • sensuality — noun see sensual …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sensuality — noun a) The state of being sensual, sensuous or sexy. b) A preoccupation with sensual pleasure …   Wiktionary

  • sensuality — The state or quality of being sensual. * * * sen·su·al·i·ty .sen chə wal ət ē n, pl ities the quality or state of being sensual …   Medical dictionary

  • sensuality — Synonyms and related words: animality, bawdiness, carnality, clitoromania, coldness, concupiscence, dirtiness, eroticism, eroticomania, erotomania, flesh, fleshliness, frigidity, furor uterinus, goatishness, gynecomania, horniness, hysteromania,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • sensuality — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. sensationalism, appetite, ardor, voluptuousness, sexuality; see also deSire 3 , emotion , love 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. The quality or condition of being sensual: sexiness, sexuality, suggestiveness,… …   English dictionary for students

  • sensuality — sen·su·al·i·ty || ‚senʃʊ ælÉ™tɪ n. quality of being sensual; indulgence in physical or sensory pleasures; lewdness, licentiousness …   English contemporary dictionary


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