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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: sensatio, from Late Latin sensatus 'having sense', from Latin sensus; SENSE1

sensation

noun
     
sen‧sa‧tion
1 [uncountable and countable] a feeling that you get from one of your five senses, especially the sense of touch
burning/prickling/tingling etc sensation
One sign of a heart attack is a tingling sensation in the left arm.
sensation of
a sensation of heat
2 [countable] a feeling that is difficult to describe, caused by a particular event, experience, or memory
sensation that
Caroline had the sensation that she was being watched.
strange/curious/odd sensation
It was a strange sensation - I felt I'd been there before.
3 [uncountable] the ability to feel things, especially through your sense of touch:
Jerry realized that he had no sensation in his legs.
4 [countable usually singular] extreme excitement or interest, or someone or something that causes this
cause/create a sensation
The sex scenes in the film caused a sensation.
pop/fashion/media etc sensation
the latest pop sensation from England

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