Definition of carnal knowledge in English:

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carnal knowledge

noun

dated, chiefly Law
Sexual intercourse.
Example sentences
  • In an innovative shift, Hurston replaces the legendary tree of knowledge, the apple tree, with an arguably more fitting symbol of the acquisition of carnal knowledge and sexual experience, the pear tree.
  • The applicant was charged with a number of other counts involving allegations of carnal knowledge and assault during an earlier period, and he was convicted of some of those counts.
  • Before revision of the state laws in 1813, rape was defined as ‘unlawful and carnal knowledge of a woman, by force, and against her will.’

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Syllabification: car·nal know·ledge

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