The pursuit of sensory gratification, also: quality of that which provides sensory gratification. If sensuality is viewed as a positive moral value and made into the main principle of an ethical system, this system is dubbed hedonistic.

Sen`su*al"i*ty (?), n. [CF. F. sensualit'e, L. sensualitas sensibility, capacity for sensation.]

The quality or state of being sensual; devotedness to the gratification of the bodily appetites; free indulgence in carnal or sensual pleasures; luxuriousness; voluptuousness; lewdness.

Those pampered animals That rage in savage sensuality. Shak.

They avoid dress, lest they should have affections tainted by any sensuality. Addison.

 

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