- pertaining to or characterized by the flesh or the body, its passions and appetites; sensual: carnal pleasures.
- not spiritual; merely human; temporal; worldly: a man of secular, rather carnal, leanings.
Origin of carnal
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Examples from the Web for carnality
They claim that no thought of carnality ever enters into their feelings.Religion and Lust
Divisions are the outgrowth of carnality and not of the Spirit of God.Sanctification
J. W. Byers
Paul was not afraid of severe measures where carnality was concerned.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
John Henry Jowett
And she would take his words of the spirit and make them to pander to her own carnality.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Their mutual glances should be free from all suggestion of carnality.A Guide to Health
- relating to the appetites and passions of the body; sensual; fleshly
Word Origin and History for carnality
early 15c., "sensuality," from Late Latin carnalitas, from Latin carnalis (see carnal). Meaning "state of being flesh, fleshliness" is from mid-15c.
c.1400, "physical, human, mortal," from Old French carnal and directly from Medieval Latin carnalis "natural, of the same blood," from Latin carnis "of the flesh," genitive of caro "flesh, meat" (see carnage). Meaning "sensual" is from early 15c.; that of "worldly, sinful" is from mid-15c. Carnal knowledge is attested from early 15c. and was in legal use by 1680s.