sensuousness


sensuousness

adjective

  1. perceived by or affecting the senses: the sensuous qualities of music.
  2. readily affected through the senses: a sensuous temperament.
  3. of or relating to sensible objects or to the senses.

adjective

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

adj.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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