Definition of sensuous in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For thousands of years the subjugation of the sensuous faculties has been regarded as a constitutive element of human reason and progress.’
    • ‘In a similar manner if there be some truth which has no sensuous or rational relation to human mind, it will ever remain as nothing so long as we remain human beings.’
    • ‘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
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  • 2Attractive or gratifying physically, especially sexually.

    ‘her voice was rather deep but very sensuous’
    • ‘Once they were things to enjoy: weaving sensuous spells through lush gardens, raising delicate petals to greet the sun.’
    • ‘This has to be one of the most sensuous, sexy poems I've ever read.’
    • ‘The restaurant undertakes to provide is patrons with the same feeling of unexampled sensuous gastronomic pleasure.’
    • ‘His works lack their sexual charge and sensuous richness.’
    • ‘For me, Russian music is still a fabulous luxury: rich, exciting, sensuous, something to wallow in.’
    • ‘It's too insistent and compelling to feel sensuous, but it's damn sexy in its own way all the same.’
    • ‘Now a confirmed addict, she trawls Paris in search of salty, sensuous pleasures’
    • ‘The first, much lengthier section of the film is set in the present and is shot in rich, sensuous black and white.’
    • ‘His sensuous mouth is constrained, his carmine lips almost quiver.’
    • ‘It is of course a separate question of whether physical objects do have the sensuous features that they are represented as having.’
    • ‘Far from a dry, theory-heavy show, this is a wonderfully tactile and sensuous exploration of different surfaces.’
    • ‘She works the vocabulary of dance to move her plots and caresses characters with lush, sensuous descriptions.’
    • ‘It is a beautiful opera, full of lush arias, sensuous waltzes, and an intriguing amount of transvestism.’
    • ‘We do not think that something is beautiful merely to me, in the way that we might say that some things just happen to give me sensuous pleasure.’
    • ‘And talked about the kind of sensuous pleasure that water on her skin gave her, and how she felt at her most alive when she was in water.’
    • ‘For centuries silk has had a reputation as a luxurious and sensuous fabric, one associated with wealth and success.’
    • ‘This image represented everything that attracted us to the Provençal slow and sensuous way of life.’
    • ‘His music's lush, even sensuous harmonies make it a joy to sing.’
    • ‘He's undeniably attractive, with a sensuous mouth that twists with a thin, mocking smile.’
    • ‘At the same time his work celebrated (under the cover of classical mythology) the sensuous pleasures of the flesh.’
    sexually attractive, sexy, seductive, voluptuous, luscious, lush
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On the use of the words sensuous and sensual, see sensual


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