fleshly vs sensual what difference

what is difference between fleshly and sensual

English

Etymology

From flesh +‎ -ly.

Adjective

fleshly (comparative fleshlier, superlative fleshliest)

  1. Of or relating to the body.
    Synonyms: bodily, corporeal
    • c. 1596, William Shakespeare, King John, Act IV, Scene 2,[1]
      [] in the body of this fleshly land,
      This kingdom, this confine of blood and breath,
      Hostility and civil tumult reigns
      Between my conscience and my cousin’s death.
    • 1645, John Milton, “Il Penseroso” in Poems of Mr. John Milton, both English and Latin, London: Humphrey Moseley, p. 40,[2]
      [] to unfold
      What Worlds, or what vast Regions hold
      The immortal mind that hath forsook
      Her mansion in this fleshly nook:
    • 1668, John Denham, “The Progress of Learning” Part 3, in Poems and Translations; with the Sophy, London: Jacob Tonson, 5th edition, 1709, p. 234,[3]
      When from their fleshly Bondage they are free,
      Then what divine, and future things they see!
    • 1795, Richard Cumberland, Henry, London: Charles Dilly, Volume 3, Chapter 7, p. 58,[4]
      those inward pains that agonize us more than all our fleshly wounds
    • 1926, Walter de la Mare, “Missing” in Best Stories of Walter de la Mare, London: Faber and Faber, 1942, p. 175,[5]
      We shook hands—though I doubt if a mere fleshly contact can express much while the self behind it is dumb with instinctive distaste.
  2. Of, relating to or resembling flesh; composed of flesh; having a lot of flesh.
    Synonym: fleshy
    • 1608, Thomas Middleton, A Mad World, My Masters, London: Walter Burre, Act II,[6]
      [] lay on load enough vpon e’m, and spare e’m not, for the’re good plump fleshly Asses, and may well enough beare it:
    • 1793, uncredited translator, The Natural History of Birds by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, London: A. Strahan, T. Cadell and J. Murray, Volume 2, pp. 52-53,[7]
      In almost all birds, except the carnivorous kinds, the male seems to have more power of development, which appears in their greater height, the strength of their muscles, and in certain excrescences, as fleshly membranes, spurs, &c. []
    • 1970, Patrick White, The Vivisector, London: Penguin, Chapter 1, p. 14,[8]
      He touched the leaves of some of the glossy bushes to find out whether they felt as fleshly as they looked. [At least one U.S. edition has fleshy][9]
  3. Of or relating to pleasurable (often sexual) sensations.
    Synonyms: carnal, lascivious, sensual
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, 1 Peter 2.11,[10]
      [] abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
    • 1921, John Dos Passos, Three Soldiers, New York: Modern Library, 1932, Part 4, Chapter 2, p. 238,[11]
      A wave of desire for furious fleshly enjoyments went through him, making him want steaming dishes of food drenched in rich, spice-flavored sauces; making him want to get drunk on strong wine; to roll on thick carpets in the arms of naked, libidinous women.
  4. Of or relating to non-spiritual or non-religious matters.
    Synonyms: secular, worldly
    Antonyms: heavenly, spiritual
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, 2 Corinthians 1.12,[12]
      [] in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world []
    • 1857, George Eliot, Scenes of Clerical Life, Volume 2, Chapter 8,[13]
      Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution: a self-obtrusive, over-hasty reformer complacently disclaiming all merit, while his friends call him a martyr, has not in reality a career the most arduous to the fleshly mind.

Derived terms

  • fleshliness
  • unfleshly

Translations

Adverb

fleshly (comparative more fleshly, superlative most fleshly)

  1. (archaic) In a sensual way; in a sexual way; carnally.
    • 1992, Adam Thorpe, Ulverton, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994, p. 24,[14]
      And the drunkard is with drink. And the ploughman is with his oxen. And the inhabitant of Ulverton doth loll fleshly abed.


English

Alternative forms

  • sensuall (obsolete)

Etymology

From Late Latin sensualis (endowed with feeling, sensual), from Latin sensus (feeling, sense).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɛnsjuːəl/, /ˈsɛnʃuːəl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɛn.ʃu.əl/

Adjective

sensual (comparative more sensual, superlative most sensual)

  1. Inducing pleasurable or erotic sensations.
  2. Of or pertaining to the physical senses; sensory.
  3. Provoking or exciting a strong response in the senses.

Derived terms

  • sensualise, sensualize
  • sensually
  • supersensual

Related terms

  • sense
  • sensible
  • sensuous

Translations

Further reading

  • sensual in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • sensual in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • sensual at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams

  • unseals

Catalan

Etymology

From Latin sensualis.

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Central) IPA(key): /sən.suˈal/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /sen.suˈal/
  • Rhymes: -al

Adjective

sensual (masculine and feminine plural sensuals)

  1. sensual

Related terms

  • sensualitat

Further reading

  • “sensual” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.

Portuguese

Etymology

Late Latin sensualis, from Latin sensus.

Adjective

sensual m or f (plural sensuais, comparable)

  1. Sexually attractive; sexy.

Inflection

Related terms

  • sensualidade

Spanish

Etymology

From Latin sensualis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /senˈswal/, [sẽnˈswal]

Adjective

sensual (plural sensuales)

  1. sensual

Derived terms

  • sensualismo
  • sensualista
  • sensualmente

Related terms

  • sensualidad

Further reading

  • “sensual” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.

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