Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


She felt no alarm lest she wound the sensibilities of the girl.

The sensibilities of the class you are attacking are soon blunted.

And a mightier touch awoke his sensibilities—the touch of nature.

The sentences smote him between the eyes of his sensibilities.

I had previously had no idea that their sensibilities were so akin to ours.

The detectives had been punctilious to avoid ruffling the sensibilities of any and all.

There too the acutest of our sensibilities to suffering reside.

I continued, startling his sensibilities again with the noise of the snapper.

But Ruth's sensibilities were too shocked to feel the accusation.

His sensibilities were deadened to any catastrophe of the flesh.


late 14c., "capability of being perceived by the senses; ability to sense or perceive," from Old French sensibilite, from Late Latin sensibilitatem (nominative sensibilitas), from sensibilis (see sensible). Rarely recorded until the emergence of the meaning "emotional consciousness, capacity for higher feelings or refined emotion" (1751). Related: Sensibilities.