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’
    • ‘It is sensuous in that it makes full use of the senses - seeing, touching, smelling, tasting and hearing.’
    • ‘For thousands of years the subjugation of the sensuous faculties has been regarded as a constitutive element of human reason and progress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘For me, Russian music is still a fabulous luxury: rich, exciting, sensuous, something to wallow in.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the same time his work celebrated (under the cover of classical mythology) the sensuous pleasures of the flesh.’
    • ‘Once they were things to enjoy: weaving sensuous spells through lush gardens, raising delicate petals to greet the sun.’
    • ‘It is of course a separate question of whether physical objects do have the sensuous features that they are represented as having.’
    • ‘The restaurant undertakes to provide is patrons with the same feeling of unexampled sensuous gastronomic pleasure.’
    • ‘It's too insistent and compelling to feel sensuous, but it's damn sexy in its own way all the same.’
    • ‘The first, much lengthier section of the film is set in the present and is shot in rich, sensuous black and white.’
    • ‘This image represented everything that attracted us to the Provençal slow and sensuous way of life.’
    • ‘It is a beautiful opera, full of lush arias, sensuous waltzes, and an intriguing amount of transvestism.’
    • ‘Far from a dry, theory-heavy show, this is a wonderfully tactile and sensuous exploration of different surfaces.’
    • ‘His works lack their sexual charge and sensuous richness.’
    • ‘His sensuous mouth is constrained, his carmine lips almost quiver.’
    • ‘She works the vocabulary of dance to move her plots and caresses characters with lush, sensuous descriptions.’
    • ‘This has to be one of the most sensuous, sexy poems I've ever read.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now a confirmed addict, she trawls Paris in search of salty, sensuous pleasures’
    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.