adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French carnel, charnel, from Late Latin carnalis, from Latin carn-, caro flesh; akin to Greek keirein to cut — more at shear Date: 14th century 1. a. relating to or given to crude bodily pleasures and appetites b. marked by sexuality <
carnal love
2. bodily, corporeal <
seen with carnal eyes
3. a. temporal <
carnal weapons
b. worldly <
a carnal mind
carnality nouncarnally adverb Synonyms: carnal, fleshly, sensual, animal mean having a relation to the body. carnal may mean only this but more often connotes derogatorily an action or manifestation of a person's lower nature <
a slave to carnal desires
. fleshly is less derogatory than carnal <
a saint who had experienced fleshly temptations
. sensual may apply to any gratification of a bodily desire or pleasure but commonly implies sexual appetite with absence of the spiritual or intellectual <
fleshpots providing sensual delights
. animal stresses the physical as distinguished from the rational nature of a person <
led a mindless animal existence

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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