carnal

[kahr-nl]
adjective
1.
pertaining to or characterized by the flesh or the body, its passions and appetites; sensual: carnal pleasures.
2.
not spiritual; merely human; temporal; worldly: a man of secular, rather carnal, leanings.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin carnālis, equivalent to carn- (stem of carō) flesh + -ālis -al1

carnality, carnalness, carnalism, noun
carnally, adverb
hypercarnal, adjective
hypercarnally, adverb


1. bodily, lustful, lecherous, lascivious, libidinous, concupiscent. Carnal, sensual, fleshly, animal all refer to bodily rather than rational or spiritual aspects of humans. Carnal although it may refer to the body as opposed to the spirit, often refers to sexual needs or urges: carnal cravings, attractions, satisfactions. Sensual implies a suggestion of eroticism: sensual eyes; a sensual dance; it may also refer to experience of the senses: a sensual delight. Fleshly may refer to any physical need or appetite, sex as well as hunger and thirst: the fleshly sin of gluttony; fleshly yearnings. Animal refers to sexual appetites in a censorious way only; it may also describe pleasing or admirable physical characteristics or appearance: animal lust; to move with animal grace. 2. earthly, natural.
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carnal (ˈkɑːnəl)
 
adj
relating to the appetites and passions of the body; sensual; fleshly
 
[C15: from Late Latin: relating to flesh, from Latin carō flesh]
 
'carnalist
 
n
 
car'nality
 
n
 
'carnally
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

carnal
c.1400, "fleshly, sensual, sexual," from M.L. carnalis "natural, of the same blood," from L. carnis "of the flesh," gen. of caro "flesh." Carnal knowledge was in legal use by 1686.
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Carnal definition


Unconverted men are so called (1 Cor. 3:3). They are represented as of a "carnal mind, which is enmity against God" (Rom. 8:6, 7). Enjoyments that minister to the wants and desires of man's animal nature are so called (Rom. 15:27; 1 Cor. 9:11). The ceremonial of the Mosaic law is spoken of as "carnal," because it related to things outward, the bodies of men and of animals, and the purification of the flesh (Heb. 7:16; 9:10). The weapons of Christian warfare are "not carnal", that is, they are not of man's device, nor are wielded by human power (2 Cor. 10:4).

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Example sentences
His world features grotesque deformities, hallucinatory couplings, and carnality unhinged from its corporeal moorings.
But her sad fate belongs to the history of a monarchy littered with carnage and carnality.
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