Sensual vs. Sensuous

SENSUAL always connotes sexual lust and attraction. Reserving the honeymoon suite included a sensual couple’s massage.

The renowned 17th century English essayist and poet John Milton (Paradise Lost) coined the word SENSUOUS to distinguish it from “sensual.” It refers to being aware of bodily sensations: e.g., sensuous smells, tastes, tactile feelings. Swimming slowly in tropical waters is a sensuous experience.

The things you can learn from an English teacher!

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Tropical Waters © Judi Birnberg

Tropical Waters © Judi Birnberg


Filed under All things having to do with the English language

2 responses to “Sensual vs. Sensuous

  1. Janet Papkin

    What a wonderful image, truly sensual! My eye is carried through it, swimming in so many planes.

    I’m really enjoying your posts.

    Xo Janet

    Sent from my iPad



    • Janet, you embarrass me with your enthusiasm! (But I also love it.) I’m glad you have become a reader of my musings. I rarely know what I’m going to write about when I decide it’s “time” for a new post. As if anyone is measuring!


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