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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sen-shoo-uh l]
    • /ˈsɛn ʃu əl/
    • /ˈsen.sjʊəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sen-shoo-uh l]
    • /ˈsɛn ʃu əl/

Definitions of sensual word

  • adjective sensual pertaining to, inclined to, or preoccupied with the gratification of the senses or appetites; carnal; fleshly. 1
  • adjective sensual lacking in moral restraints; lewd or unchaste. 1
  • adjective sensual arousing or exciting the senses or appetites. 1
  • adjective sensual worldly; materialistic; irreligious. 1
  • adjective sensual of or relating to the senses or physical sensation; sensory. 1
  • adjective sensual pertaining to the philosophical doctrine of sensationalism. 1

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Origin of sensual

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin sēnsuālis, equivalent to sēnsu-, stem of sēnsus sense + -ālis -al1

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Parts of speech for Sensual


sensual popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

sensual usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for sensual

adj sensual

  • afferent — bringing or directing inwards to a part or an organ of the body, esp towards the brain or spinal cord
  • amoral — If you describe someone as amoral, you do not like the way they behave because they do not seem to care whether what they do is right or wrong.
  • animalistic — If you describe a person or their behaviour as animalistic, you mean that they do not try to hide or control their basic feelings and physical needs.
  • audio-visual — Audio-visual equipment and materials involve both recorded sound and pictures.
  • audiovisual — Audio-visual equipment and materials involve both recorded sound and pictures.

adjective sensual

  • animal — An animal is a living creature such as a dog, lion, or rabbit, rather than a bird, fish, insect, or human being.
  • arousing — causing sexual excitement
  • carnal — Carnal feelings and desires are sexual and physical, without any spiritual element.
  • epicurean — Of or concerning Epicurus or his ideas.
  • erogenous — (of a part of the body) Sensitive to sexual stimulation.

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