- 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 carnally
Stated simply and carnally: “There are some cuties on there [Tinder].”Does Sex Really Distract Olympians?
February 16, 2014
To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.Italy, the Magic Land
Both were, at least carnally, children of Israel: they spoke Hebrew to the Hebrews.Tancred
Prima facie, I put it to you that there was no attempt at carnally knowing.Ulysses
"Mr. Graham is treasurer for the sawmill," Carnally explained.
"I guess there's some foundation for that," Carnally said pointedly.
- relating to the appetites and passions of the body; sensual; fleshly
Word Origin and History for carnally
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.