[ kahr-nl ]
/ ˈkɑr nl /
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Origin of carnal
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from 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 carnalcar·nal·i·ty [kahr-nal-i-tee], /ˌkɑrˈnæl ɪ ti/, car·nal·ness, car·nal·ism, nouncar·nal·ly, adverbhy·per·car·nal, adjectivehy·per·car·nal·ly, adverb
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How to use carnal in a sentence
For some of us, however, these nostalgic feelings will be more carnally driven.The Captain’s Log: Derek Jeter’s Lady-Killing Past, From ‘Yeah, Jeets!’ to Gift Baskets|Emily Shire|September 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Stated simply and carnally: “There are some cuties on there [Tinder].”Does Sex Really Distract Olympians?|Kent Sepkowitz|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A man isn't a backslider because he's carnally weak, and a man isn't a saint because he's moral and well-behaved.
For to be carnally minded is death (death eternal), but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.Gathering Jewels|James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
There were endless strifes as well as divisions among them, which caused Paul to denounce them as carnally minded.
It endures as the unchanging expression of eternal wisdom, though by carnally-minded sinners ridiculed as foolishness.The Vitality of Mormonism--Brief Essays|James E. Talmage
Is it true that thou hadst a spirit called Disidaemonia, who re-baptized thee and carnally knew thee?The Amber Witch|Wilhelm Meinhold
British Dictionary definitions for carnal
/ (ˈkɑːnəl) /
relating to the appetites and passions of the body; sensual; fleshly
Derived forms of carnalcarnalist, nouncarnality, nouncarnally, adverb
Word Origin for carnal
C15: from Late Latin: relating to flesh, from Latin carō flesh
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