Sensual and Sensuous

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Sensual and Sensuous :

“Sensual" usually relates to physical desires and experiences, and often means “sexy."

But “sensuous" is more often used for esthetic pleasures, like “sensuous music."

The two words do overlap a good deal.

The leather seats in your new car may be sensuous; but if they turn you on, they might be sensual.

“Sensual" often has a slightly racy or even judgmental tone lacking in “sensuous."

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