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Sensuality \Sen`su*al"i*ty\, n. [CF. F. sensualit['e], L. sensualitas sensibility, capacity for sensation.] The quality or state of being sensual; devotedness to the gratification of the bodily appetites; free indulgence in carnal or sensual pleasures; luxuriousness; voluptuousness; lewdness.

Those pampered animals That rage in savage sensuality.

They avoid dress, lest they should have affections tainted by any sensuality.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., "the part of man that is concerned with the senses," from Old French sensualite "the five senses; impression," from Late Latin sensualitatem (nominative sensualitas) "capacity for sensation," from Latin sensualis "endowed with feeling, sensitive," from sensus "feeling" (see sense (n.)). Chiefly "animal instincts and appetites," hence "the lower nature regarded as a source of evil, lusts of the flesh" (1620s).


n. 1 (context uncountable English) The state of being sensual, sensuous or sexy. 2 (context countable English) A preoccupation with sensual pleasure.


n. desire for sensual pleasures [syn: sensualness, sensualism]

Sensuality (album)

Sensuality is the second album by German eurodance/trance project S.E.X. Appeal. It is the first album with Lyane Leigh as the project's only member. The album, which spawned five singles, was released in 2007. The songs "Fragile Love" and " Kids in America", a cover version of Kim Wilde's song of the same name, are song remixes from their debut album Peeping Tom.

Usage examples of "sensuality".

Although the sensuality wished what the reason besought, it did not belong to the sensuality to seek this by praying, but to the reason, as stated above.

He besought was not indeed fulfilled, because His reason which formed the petition did not desire its fulfilment, but for our instruction, it was His will to make known to us His natural will, and the movement of His sensuality, which was His as man.

And as she explained her incapacity to respond, the picture of the sensuality of Howie Brindle emerged.

Despite his revulsion, he is seduced by her allure and, buried in her Medusan coils of loathsome horror, experiences a sensuality that threatens his life force.

Her hair is silver blonde, she is tall, lithe, prim in appearance except for a mouth of monkeyish sensuality, and a bizarrely rapid, wide smile.

In the years Ridge had worked for Quintel he had never known the House lord to demonstrate any real sensuality.

All right, so he was still one hell of a sensually attractive man, she fumed inwardly, and, all right, so a part of her was dismayingly vulnerable to that sensuality, but it was surely a vulnerability which was being heightened by shock--a vulnerability she would soon have under control?

She possessed a sultriness, a sensuality, and an appeal that kept him wrapped in knots, until he questioned his sanity.

But since her own sensuality was to herself undivulged, she did not perceive it for what it was, and had never realised she sinned in her wild thoughts.

Hence the hosts of deformed, scrofulous, weazen, and idiotic children which curse the race, and testify to the sensuality of their progenitors.

She wore both her bliaut and her chemise cut low to show off her ample breasts, and her wild mane of copper curls gave her an untamed sensuality that any man would find challenging.

I know that I was misunderstanding my need for protection, my joy at being saved, with the painful sensuality Styur had awakened within me, and I wanted to share myself with Cyl the only way I had known how for month.

He played with her consciousness, coaxing her hyperconscious as if she were in need, and feeding his sensuality into her nerves, pulling back to prolong the suspense and teasing her down to duoconsciousness where he tantalized her with symphonies of mixed sensations, and then plunging her into hypoconsciousness so that she lived in a skin flushed with expectation.

But the hint of fear Jarred could see in her green gaze was mixed with a generous portion of sensuality, and he knew her sense of being at his mercy only made her hotter.

His will of sensuality, the movement of which does not extend to the will of God--nor by His will considered as nature which regards things absolutely considered and not in relation to the Divine will.