Thursday, September 20, 2012

sensual/sensuous: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Thursday, September 20, 2012.

“Sensual” usually relates to physical desires and experiences and often means “sexy.” But “sensuous” is more often used for aesthetic pleasures, like “sensuous music.” The two words do overlap a good deal. The leather seats in your new car may be sensuous; but if they turn you on, they might be sensual. “Sensual” often has a slightly racy or even judgmental tone lacking in “sensuous.”

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