Definition of carnal in English:

carnal

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

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
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
More 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.

Definition of carnal in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day rebuff
Pronunciation: rəˈbəf
verb
reject (someone or something) in an abrupt manner…