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sen·sa·tion  audio  (sn-sshn) KEY 

NOUN:
    1. A perception associated with stimulation of a sense organ or with a specific body condition: the sensation of heat; a visual sensation.
    2. The faculty to feel or perceive; physical sensibility: The patient has very little sensation left in the right leg.
    3. An indefinite generalized body feeling: a sensation of lightness.
  1. A state of heightened interest or emotion: "The anticipation produced in me a sensation somewhat between bliss and fear" (James Weldon Johnson).
    1. A state of intense public interest and excitement: "The purser made a sensation as sailors like to do, by predicting a storm" (Evelyn Waugh).
    2. A cause of such interest and excitement. See Synonyms at wonder.

ETYMOLOGY:
French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin snsti, snstin-, from Late Latin snstus, gifted with sense ; see sensate


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