Common Senses: Sentire – 15 Words


responsive to physical stimuli

Was she completely sensitive like a baby, or numb, without nerve endings, just walking in a skin bag?Speak

cause not to be sensitive

Some studies have shown that exposing children to increasing doses of peanuts can desensitize them, but few big trials have been done.Science Magazine (Jan 29, 2014)

devoid of feeling and consciousness and animation

“Are they awake?” asked Miriam, indicating the apparently insensate forms on the mattresses.Hume, Fergus

a general feeling of excitement and heightened interest

The latest flavor sensation, and ultimate new snack for kids, is frozen vegetable pops.Forbes (May 26, 2014)

taking delight in beauty

From sensuous silk floral blouses to velvet-faced cashmere turtlenecks, everything seemed to offer an invitation to touch—including, especially, the shoes.New York Times (Feb 27, 2014)

showing reason or sound judgment

American colleges work hard to keep their students safe, and as long as students are sensible, their on-campus experience should be positive.US News (May 22, 2014)

agreement in the judgment reached by a group as a whole

“Some politicians seek consensus, and others prefer their ‘dividing lines’.BBC (Apr 14, 2014)

agreement with a statement or proposal to do something

And as folks tend to do when caught up in the fever of a crowd, you’ll probably find yourself smiling and nodding assent.New York Times (May 1, 2014)

permission to do something

Lesson: Always allow your contacts to opt out of a proposed introduction by first asking their consent.Forbes (May 26, 2014)

be of different opinions

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, dissenting from the other six judges, argued that such injuries belonged in civil court under libel law.New York Times (May 13, 2014)

tender, romantic, or nostalgic feeling or emotion

That sentiment may explain the name of the sky-blue shade that Benjamin Moore selected as its color of the year: Breath of Fresh Air.Los Angeles Times (May 18, 2014)

a feeling of evil to come

I did not know very well what was going to happen, but I felt a vague presentiment that it would displease the marquis.Gautier, Th?ophile

endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness

Neanderthals, it is said, were hairy beasts—more creature than man, more brutish than sentient, more nose than brain.Washington Post

a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event

The job of taste buds is all about survival; they are sentinels at the main gate to our inner world.US News (Nov 4, 2013)

abounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing

“Nothing’s worth while but what’s difficult,” said Jackson with a sententious ring that quite distressed his mate.James, Henry

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