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"The sensuous is commonly regarded as connoting the pleasurable attraction of the sensations of sight, hearing, and the other senses. The sensual, on the other hand, refers to that experience of the senses which is confined to bodily pleasures as contrasted with intellectual satisfaction, where appeal is to the “grosser” bodily sensations, particularly the sexual. Discrimination between these notions is commonly encountered in aesthetic theory and is maintained to be coterminous with the bounds of art, the sensuous being reluctantly admitted into the province of aesthetic experience and the sensual rejected." --"The Sensuous and the Sensual" (1964), Arnold Berleant

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
  1. Appealing to the senses, or to sensual gratification.
    Although we rarely see Casanova himself on our tour of his sensuous world, we feel his presence as we look at paintings, sculpture, snuff boxes, embroidered vests, silk dresses, silver candy dishes, etc.
  2. Of or relating to the senses; sensory.

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