sensuousness


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sen·su·ous

 (sĕn′sho͞o-əs)
adj.
1.
a. Relating to or involving gratification of the senses: sensuous enjoyment; sensuous music.
b. Sexually attractive.
2. Relating to or affecting the senses; sensory: direct, sensuous experience of the world.

sen′su·os′i·ty (-ŏs′ĭ-tē), sen′su·ous·ness (-əs-nĭs) n.
sen′su·ous·ly adv.
Synonyms: sensuous, sensual, luxurious, voluptuous
These adjectives mean of, given to, or furnishing satisfaction of the senses. Sensuous usually applies to the senses involved in aesthetic enjoyment, as of art or music: "The sensuous joy from all things fair / His strenuous bent of soul repressed" (John Greenleaf Whittier).
Sensual more often applies to the physical senses or appetites, particularly those associated with sexual pleasure: "Of music Dr. Johnson used to say that it was the only sensual pleasure without vice" (William Seward).
Luxurious suggests a surrender to physical comfort leading to a delightful feeling of well-being: They stayed in a luxurious suite with a crystal chandelier and thick oriental rugs. Voluptuous principally implies abandoning oneself to pleasures, especially sensual pleasures: "Lucullus ... returned to Rome to lounge away the remainder of his days in voluptuous magnificence" (J.A. Froude).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sensuousness - a sensuous feeling
sensibility - refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions; "cruelty offended his sensibility"

sensuousness

noun
The quality or condition of being sensuous:
Translations

sensuousness

[ˈsensjʊəsnɪs] Nsensualidad f

sensuousness

nSinnlichkeit f, → Sinnenhaftigkeit f

sensuousness

[ˈsɛnsjʊəsnɪs] nl'essere sensuoso/a
References in classic literature ?
He stood close to her, and the effrontery in his eyes repelled the old, vanishing self in her, yet drew all her awakening sensuousness.
Strength balanced sensuousness and had upon it a tonic effect, compelling him to love beauty that was healthy and making him vibrate to sensations that were wholesome.
The former curves of sensuousness were now modulated to lines of devotional passion.
With whatever qualifications, it is certainly one of the great English lyrics, and its union of Renaissance sensuousness with grandeur of conception and sureness of expression foretell clearly enough at twenty the poet of 'Paradise Lost.
He shifted his hand along her arm with soft sensuousness, and she, looking down at his lips, remembered the long tingling they had given hers the first time they had met.
If the former were a celebration of everyday sensuousness, so pervasive in Subramanyan's work, the latter were done in agonized response to the Bangladesh war.
There's a soft, whispery sensuousness to much of Carry Fire , with just hints of the fierce old roar.
Sensuousness and clarity, the core elements of the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy, combine to create a unique, progressive aesthetic appeal.
Uplift does the exact opposite, and celebrates the figure's sensuousness as powerfully as Ferdie's dancers in mid-twirl.
He also loves women who are polar opposites to one another, and searches for a way to combine these two opposites to form a unified whole: Tannhauser wants the sensual Venus to have Elisabeth's chastity, whereas he wants the chaste Elisabeth to have Venus's sensuousness," Kiljunen said.
It has a kinship with his Ninth Symphony - particularly in the finale's rhetoric - and is the darkest of his last quartets, but the Cremonas gave its journey from gloom into light an unfamiliar sensuousness and lyricism which made it all the more effective.
LA style places strong emphasis on sensuousness, theatricality and acrobatics.