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Definition of "sensualism" [sen•su•al•ism]

  • Excessive devotion to sensual pleasure; sensuality. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sensualism" in a sentence
  • "In full reaction from the "sensualism" of Condillac, he restored a due activity to the _ego_; he made it a force not restricted to the reception of sensations, which transform themselves, but one which seized upon, elaborated, linked together, and combined them."
  • "The philosophy which follows is that of self-centred materialism and 'sensualism'."
  • "A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; thenext of its dignity and sanctity."