Definition of sensuality in US English:

sensuality

noun

  • 1The enjoyment, expression, or pursuit of physical, especially sexual, pleasure.

    ‘he ate the grapes with surprising sensuality’
    • ‘Be imaginative and experiment with all the sensuality and sexuality that the human body has to offer.’
    • ‘In this context, sensuality and sexuality are two separate dimensions.’
    • ‘Eroticism, sensuality and feelings are irrelevant.’
    • ‘While dance connects us to sensuality, music provides a safe vehicle for the expression of emotional unrest.’
    • ‘What comes across is Peer's boundless mix of sensuality and self-delusion.’
    • ‘She delves into sensuality, illusion and sexual exploration when asked what inspired her to open up three months ago.’
    • ‘But the women use sensuality and sexuality as a form of liberation.’
    • ‘Pleasure and sensuality were accepted as normal and natural.’
    • ‘You enjoy luxury, sensuality, and pleasures of the flesh.’
    • ‘Needless to say, this lack of sensuality makes him the less-than-ideal sexual partner for Frances.’
    • ‘And, is not the previously-mentioned sensuality also closely connected to carnal pleasures?’
    • ‘There is debate around the negation and/or quarantining of children's sensuality and developing sexuality.’
    • ‘The nazir offers his hair to God as a symbol that he is sublimating and consecrating his sensuality and sexual energy.’
    • ‘The absence of any hint of illicit sexuality or even of Egyptian sensuality suggests the way in which Cleopatra's willingness to die cleanses her from sexual taint.’
    • ‘Nowadays, boybands showed more sensuality as well as sexuality.’
    • ‘With people of very low sexual desire it is better not to enter directly into the sexual fantasy but rather to proceed slowly, from sensuality to sex.’
    • ‘There is a very thin line between crude sexuality and sensuality.’
    • ‘Arriving at positive realizations about our sensuality, body image, and love life can be a difficult process.’
    • ‘Those are the two extremes of human sexuality, and there are all gradations of chastity and sensuality in between.’
    • ‘Sometimes in life you can feel passion, jealousy, sensuality, loathing, and love.’
    sexiness, sexual attractiveness, voluptuousness, sultriness, seductiveness, passion
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    1. 1.1 The condition of being pleasing or fulfilling to the senses.
      ‘life can dazzle with its sensuality, its color’
      • ‘I was drawn to throwing as a means of expressing the sensuality of the material.’
      • ‘The music's sensuality made my blood rush every which way.’
      • ‘Words would not suffice to express the sensuality of the jewellery, be it cute little ear-rings, rings, pendants, cuff links or tie pins.’
      • ‘It is a blend of calming sandalwood, frankincense and myrrh, which give it a mystical, resinous quality, and exotic jasmine and rose for romantic sensuality.’
      • ‘It is a wonderful book, rich with feeling and detail and sensuality, and a perfect antidote to the drabness of London in winter.’
      • ‘The apple symbolizes original sin and purity, simultaneously sensuality and innocence.’
      • ‘Drawing on Asian traditions that date back centuries, its spa retreats blend romance and serenity with exotic sensuality.’
      • ‘In the ancient world the tree in particular, in all of its lush sensuality, was a primary manifestation of the erotic Goddess.’
      • ‘Don't get me wrong: I love color and its influence, its sensuality, in people as well as fabric.’

Origin

Middle English (denoting the animal side of human nature): from Old French sensualite, from late Latin sensualitas, from sensualis (see sensual).

Pronunciation

sensuality

/ˌsɛn(t)ʃəˈwælədi//ˌsen(t)SHəˈwalədē/