Definition of carnal in English:

carnal

Line breaks: car¦nal
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːn(ə)l
 
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adjective

Relating to physical, especially sexual, needs and activities: carnal desire
More example sentences
  • Shopping in our humble opinions is a divine pleasure in its own right and its reputation can only be sullied by likening it to more carnal activity.
  • I wish they would spend time making the characters as real as their carnal activities.
  • The pair were so engrossed in their carnal activities that they did not even notice Loren.
Synonyms
sexual, sensual, erotic, lustful, lascivious, libidinous, lecherous, licentious, lewd, prurient, salacious, coarse, gross, lubricious, venereal; physical, bodily, corporeal, fleshly, animal
informal sexy

Origin

late Middle English: from Christian Latin carnalis, from caro, carn- 'flesh'.

Derivatives

carnality

Pronunciation: /-ˈnalɪti/
noun
More example sentences
  • Actually, these epithets are quite unjust: Her sexuality serves primarily as a means of expression of her soul, and her eroticism verges more on mysticism than on carnality.
  • But there's nuance to this display of Gallic carnality.
  • The words expressed a carnality rarely found in ‘serious’ odes of the period, let alone in popular song.

carnally

adverb
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  • The image, as critics have noted, evokes the end of Paradise Lost: ‘They hand in hand with wandering steps and slow Through Eden took their solitary way.’ Adam and Eve are, of course, man and wife, carnally united.
  • For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

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