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Matter may really be considered as our sensuous misreading of the spiritual.

No, the spiritual ought not and can not be free from the sensuous, even the sensual.

He wanted the very life of beauty to take the place of sensuous suggestion.

In Venice there had long been a love of objects for their sensuous beauty.

Especially the sixteenth century ran riot in sensuous worship.

Their whole conception and practical understanding of it is sensuous.

This is why I have always been so much drawn to the French, who are so æsthetic, so sensuous.

She chose those poems the least sensuous, and the more abstract.

The other was not for the sensuous nature, but for the moral.

He yielded, body and soul, to the sensuous miracle of the steam, and slept.

WORD ORIGIN

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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