Definitions for carnalˈkɑr nl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

car•nal*ˈkɑr nl(adj.)

  1. pertaining to or characterized by the passions and appetites of the flesh or body; sensual.

  2. not spiritual; temporal; worldly.

* Syn: carnal , sensual , animal all refer to the physical rather than the rational or spiritual nature of human beings. carnal , although it may refer to any bodily need or urge, most often refers to sexuality: carnal knowledge; the carnal sin of gluttony. sensual most often describes the arousal or gratification of erotic urges: sensual eyes; sensual delights. animal may describe any physical appetite, but is sometimes used of sexual appetite: animal greediness; animal lust.

Origin of carnal:

1350–1400; ME < L carnālis=carn-, s. of carō flesh +-ālis -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. animal(a), carnal, fleshly, sensual(adj)

    marked by the appetites and passions of the body

    "animal instincts"; "carnal knowledge"; "fleshly desire"; "a sensual delight in eating"; "music is the only sensual pleasure without vice"

  2. carnal(adj)

    of or relating to the body or flesh

    "carnal remains"


  1. carnal(Adjective)

    relating to the physical and especially sexual appetites

  2. carnal(Adjective)

    worldly or earthly; temporal

  3. carnal(Adjective)

    of or relating to the body or flesh

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carnal(adj)

    of or pertaining to the body or its appetites; animal; fleshly; sensual; given to sensual indulgence; lustful; human or worldly as opposed to spiritual

  2. Carnal(adj)

    flesh-devouring; cruel; ravenous; bloody


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