One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Philosophy and Theology. The quality of being above or beyond what is perceptible by the senses; supersensual thought or belief.
2An extreme or unusual degree of sensualism.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Westminster & Foreign Quarterly Review. Partly from supersensual + -ism, apparently after German models, and partly from super- + sensualism.
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