Carnal meaning

kärnəl
The definition of carnal is something related to the body or the flesh.

An example of something that would be described as carnal is a desire for physical contact that is driven by lust.

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Worldly or earthly; temporal.

The carnal world.

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Relating to the physical and especially sexual appetites.

Carnal desire.

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Of or relating to the body or flesh; bodily.

Carnal remains.

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Relating to the physical and especially sexual appetites.
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Worldly or earthly; temporal.
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Of or relating to the body or flesh.
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Having to do with or preoccupied with bodily or sexual pleasures; sensual or sexual.
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In or of the flesh; bodily; material or worldly, not spiritual.
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have carnal knowledge of
  • To have had sexual intercourse with.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

have carnal knowledge of

Origin of carnal

  • Middle English from Old North French carnel from Latin carnālis from Latin carō carn- flesh sker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Latin carnālis (“fleshly, of the flesh”), from carō (“flesh”).

    From Wiktionary