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perceived by or affecting the :
the sensuous qualities of music.
readily affected through the :
a sensuous temperament.
of or relating to sensible objects or to the .
Contemporary Examples

Her sensuous, penetrating paintings present an allegorical realm, where beauty is eternal and dreams come true.
Julie Heffernan’s Earthly Delights Paul Laster June 24, 2009

Pulling bite-size pieces off each slice is an easy task; and the sensuous feel of warm beef juices only adds to the joy of a meal.
The Texas Church of Beef Jane & Michael Stern April 26, 2014

The dogs have been fried in soybean oil until their exterior skin begins to develop a sensuous crunch.
The Jersey Shore’s Biggest Weiners Are at Jimmy Buff’s Jane & Michael Stern June 14, 2014

Virginia Woolf came next, with her dazzling, sensuous essays and literary criticism.
Phillip Lopate’s Book Bag: The Essay Tradition Phillip Lopate February 4, 2013

But can we hope to create, like that God, outside the realm of sensuous experience?
Christmas For Love, Chanukah For Awe Bernard Avishai December 6, 2012

Historical Examples

Yet how wide-spread is this habit of sensuous gratification through the sense of taste!
Science in the Kitchen. Mrs. E. E. Kellogg

Matter may really be considered as our sensuous misreading of the spiritual.
The Conquest of Fear Basil King

This was the appeal which a strange and sensuous religion made to her romantic instinct.
Command William McFee

No, the spiritual ought not and can not be free from the sensuous, even the sensual.
The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani

We might say that, if the sensuous was his atmosphere, the breathing apparatus with which he respired it was sentiment.
Life of John Keats William Michael Rossetti

aesthetically pleasing to the senses
appreciative of or moved by qualities perceived by the senses
of, relating to, or derived from the senses

1640s, “pertaining to the senses” apparently coined by Milton to recover the original meaning of sensual and avoid the lascivious connotation that the older word had acquired, but by 1870 sensuous, too, had begun down the same path and come to mean “alive to the pleasures of the senses.” Rare before Coleridge popularized it “To express in one word all that appertains to the perception, considered as passive and merely recipient ….” (1814). From Latin sensus (see sense (n.)) + -ous. Related: Sensuously; sensuousness.


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