Sensuous vs. Sensual

This time, we're gonna talk about the differences and similarities between these two words. Well, if you wanna learn more, join me.

"Sensual" vs. "Sensuous" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both are related to feelings and senses. However, 'sensuous' deals with the five senses, while, 'sensual' is related to sexual intimacy.

Differences

'Sensuous' is related to the five senses, while, 'sensual' is about sexual intimacy. Look at the examples below:

Singing is a sensuous pleasure.

He told me how much he missed her sensual touch.

Similarities

Both are related to feelings. Look below:

The paintings were rich and sensuous.

Her touch was sensual, yet lethal.

Are They Interchangeable?

They have different meanings. 'Sensuous' refers to the five senses, whereas, 'sensual' is about sexual intimacy. Both examples below are correct, but they have different meanings. Compare:

✓ The film was so rich and sensuous.

✓ The film was so rich and sensual.

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