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.
The former curves of sensuousness were now modulated to lines of devotional passion.
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.
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.
Toothsome and pliant are synonymous yet have poignantly different mouthfeel: one is of Latin, the other of Germanic extraction; they belong to distinct registers; the latter's sensuousness contrasts with the former's sibilant-fricative cluster, an obstacle to fluency.
The 1823 series presents the General Part in greater breadth and complexity than he did subsequently, but presents "virtually no grounds for directly linking pure sensuousness and idea.
His rough style leaves them with half-finished faces and oddly proportioned limbs, stripping them of the womanly perfection and sensuousness associated with Renaissance portraiture or the bawdier, more earthy sexuality captured by modern artists such as Toulouse Lautrec.
Today if you mention the name 'Harlan House' it brings to mind a gifted individual who has dedicated more than 50 years to exploring porcelain, its sensuousness, its translucency, its memory and its surface.
They cast off the sensuousness inherent in the phenomenal world and erased distinctions to awaken their "self" to a higher truth.
2, to which they added wide ranging tone colours, dynamics, drama and sensuousness.
If Resnais looked back to the forms of Surrealist photography and to the sensuousness of Abel Gance and silent cinema, his work finds contemporary echoes in the work of Bergman and Antonioni.