carnal

[ kahr-nl ]
/ ˈkɑr nl /

adjective

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.

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Origin of carnal

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin carnālis, equivalent to carn- (stem of carō) flesh + -ālis -al1

synonym study for carnal

1. Carnal, sensual, fleshly, animal all refer to bodily rather than rational or spiritual aspects of humans. Carnal, although it may refer to the body as opposed to the spirit, often refers to sexual needs or urges: carnal cravings, attractions, satisfactions. Sensual implies a suggestion of eroticism: sensual eyes; a sensual dance; it may also refer to experience of the senses: a sensual delight. Fleshly may refer to any physical need or appetite, sex as well as hunger and thirst: the fleshly sin of gluttony; fleshly yearnings. Animal refers to sexual appetites in a censorious way only; it may also describe pleasing or admirable physical characteristics or appearance: animal lust; to move with animal grace.

OTHER WORDS FROM carnal

car·nal·i·ty, car·nal·ness, car·nal·ism, nouncar·nal·ly, adverbhy·per·car·nal, adjectivehy·per·car·nal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for carnality

carnal
/ (ˈkɑːnəl) /

adjective

relating to the appetites and passions of the body; sensual; fleshly

Derived forms of carnal

carnalist, nouncarnality, nouncarnally, adverb

Word Origin for carnal

C15: from Late Latin: relating to flesh, from Latin carō flesh
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