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fleshly

[flesh-lee] /ˈflɛʃ li/
adjective, fleshlier, fleshliest.
1.
of or pertaining to the flesh or body; bodily, corporeal, or physical.
2.
carnal; sensual:
fleshly pleasures.
3.
worldly, rather than spiritual.
4.
having a sensuous quality:
the fleshly poetry of the 17th century.
5.
Obsolete. having much flesh; fleshy.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English flǣsclic. See flesh, -ly
Related forms
fleshliness, noun
Can be confused
fleshly, fleshy.
Synonyms
2. See carnal.
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Examples for fleshly
  • Its adherents are motivated by feelings of guilt, and the urge to atone for fleshly sins.
  • Some of that sequence is speeded up, to show the relentless drive of fleshly decay.
  • It is a painful world, a vale of tears where ghosts jostle the beautiful fleshly living for a place in the fanatic heart.
British Dictionary definitions for fleshly

fleshly

/ˈflɛʃlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
relating to the body, esp its sensual nature; carnal fleshly desire
2.
worldly as opposed to spiritual
3.
fleshy; fat
Derived Forms
fleshliness, noun
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