Definitions of sensual

  1. of the appetites and passions of the body; " animal instincts"; " carnal knowledge"; " fleshly desire"; " a sensual delight in eating"; " music is the only sensual pleasure without vice"
  2. sexually exciting or gratifying; " sensual excesses"; " a sultry look"; " a sultry dance"
  3. Pertaining to, consisting in, or affecting, the sense, or bodily organs of perception; relating to, or concerning, the body, in distinction from the spirit.
  4. Hence, not spiritual or intellectual; carnal; fleshly; pertaining to, or consisting in, the gratification of the senses, or the indulgence of appetites; wordly.
  5. Devoted to the pleasures of sense and appetite; luxurious; voluptuous; lewd; libidinous.
  6. Pertaining or peculiar to the philosophical doctrine of sensualism.
  7. Sensualism.
  8. Pertaining to the senses; not spiritual or mental; basely material; gross; controlled by the passions or appetites.
  9. Sensually.
  10. Pertaining to, affecting, or derived from the senses, as distinct from the mind: not intellectual or spiritual: given to the pleasures of sense: voluptuous: lewd.
  12. Pertaining to the senses; gratifying the senses; carnal; voluptuous.
  13. Unduly indulgent to the appetites; lewd; carnal.
  14. Pertaining to the senses; consisting in sense or depending on it; affecting the senses or derived from them; carnal; not spiritual, devoted to the gratillcation of sense; voluptuous; lewd.
  15. Pert. to or affecting the senses only; not intellectual; carnal; not spiritual; given to the indulgence of the appetites; devoted to the pleasures of sense; voluptuous.

Usage examples for sensual

  1. Afterwards, as a young officer, he had known one quick sensual passion after the other, taking each laughing enjoyment with all the carelessness of a youthful conqueror. – The Twilight of the Souls by Louis Couperus
  2. People are not " sensual when death is right before them, as it is here. – Wagner's Tristan und Isolde by George Ainslie Hight
  3. The beauty of the women was regarded merely from a sensual point of view. – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck
  4. This intense craving after physical perfection, this yearning after beauty, is not a sensual craving. – The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies by Walter Besant
  5. Very early he showed strong propensities to active amusement and sensual pleasures. – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
  6. This to the sensual man is " death." – The Best Psychic Stories by Various
  7. Thus, sensual ideas are nothing after the anguish we suffer at a dream of the death of a loved child. – The Physiology of Taste by Brillat Savarin
  8. For him, so he assured his friends, music was a species of sensual mathematics. – Melomaniacs by James Huneker
  9. On hearing these words the angels replied, " You speak in this manner because you are merely sensual – The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love by Emanuel Swedenborg
  10. Maybe it was the sensual feelings released by all the Chi flowing around, but for some reason I found myself feeling very lonely. – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  11. Was there nothing in life for a girl but marriage, and was marriage no more than a sensual gratification; did a man seek nothing but a beautiful body that he could kiss and enjoy? – Muslin by George Moore
  12. He was virile and sensual but he had ordered that his passions should be the subjects of his brain; and so no doubt they were. – Senator North by Gertrude Atherton
  13. It stands to reason that if you can subdue your earthly, devilish, sensual instincts on anything, you can do it on a diet like that. – Marm Lisa by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  14. With regard to the passion itself, the less of soul in either man or woman, the more sensual are they. – Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9) by Samuel Richardson
  15. It is difficult to understand what particular connection there is between seeing good in nobody and seeing good even in a sensual fool. – Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton
  16. He was sensual and he felt each time how brief is pleasure, in what a limited circle all enjoyment turns. – Saint Augustin by Louis Bertrand
  17. The love that thereafter subsisted between them was, if not perfect, then almost as perfect as human love can be; a love neither sentimental nor sensual but gravely austere as true beauty ever is. – Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern by Edgar Saltus
  18. He was curiously tolerant, I used to think, of sensual sins, but in the presence of cruelty or meanness or deliberate deceit he used to explode into the most violent language. – Father Payne by Arthur Christopher Benson
  19. Face at the bar, arched eyebrows, black hair back, wide mouth, brooding, sensual slightly battered. – The Book With The Yellow Cover by John Moncure Wetterau
  20. During the day, the men on shore were seen to work hard, and make all the preparations before they abandoned themselves to the sensual gratification of intemperance. – Mr. Midshipman Easy by Captain Frederick Marryat