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

Definition of carnal in English:


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.
physical, bodily, corporeal, fleshly, animal
informal sexy


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



Pronunciation: /kɑːˈnalɪti/
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.


Example sentences
  • 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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