V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: giving or expressing pleasure through the physical senses

Synonyms: sumptuous, intense, luxurious

Antonyms: spiritual, intellectual

Tips: Sensuous is derived from the Latin sensualis, "of or pertaining to the senses." Sensuous and sensual are related. Use sensuous to describe taking pleasure through your senses. Use sensual to describe something that is sexy or suggests physical pleasure. Dancing can be sensuous, as it affects the senses. A body, a voice, eyes, or lips can be sensual, as they are sexy and suggest physical pleasure and sensuality.

Usage Examples:

I find the calming aroma and new age music of a spa to be a sensuous experience. (pleasurable to the senses)

My wife finds dancing to be sensuous. (pleasurable to the senses)

Watching a fireworks show can be an exciting, sensuous experience. (pleasurable to the senses)

I decided to sleep in and enjoy the sensuous silk sheets wrapped around my body. (pleasurable to the senses)

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