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Definitions for carnal
ˈkɑr nlcar·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. animal(a), carnal, fleshly, sensualadjective

    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. carnaladjective

    of or relating to the body or flesh

    "carnal remains"

Wiktionary

  1. carnaladjective

    relating to the physical and especially sexual appetites

  2. carnaladjective

    worldly or earthly; temporal

  3. carnaladjective

    of or relating to the body or flesh

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CARNALadjective

    Etymology: carnal, Fr. carnalis, low Lat.

    Thou dost justly require us, to submit our understandings to thine, and deny our carnal reason, in order to thy sacred mysteries and commands. Charles I .

    From that pretence
    Spiritual laws by carnal pow’r shall force
    On every conscience. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xii. l. 521.

    Not such in carnal pleasure: for which cause,
    Among the beasts no meat for thee was found. Parad. Lost.

    A glorious apparition! had not doubt,
    And carnal fear, that day dim’d Adam’s eye. Par. Lost, b. xi.

    He perceives plainly, that his appetite to spiritual things abates, in proportion as his sensual appetite is indulged and encouraged; and that carnal desires kill not only the desire, but even the power of tasting purer delights. Francis Atterbury.

    This carnal cur
    Preys on the issue of his mother’s body. William Shakespeare, R. III.

Wikipedia

  1. carnal

    Libido (; colloquial: sex drive) is a person's overall sexual drive or desire for sexual activity. Libido is influenced by biological, psychological, and social factors. Biologically, the sex hormones and associated neurotransmitters that act upon the nucleus accumbens (primarily testosterone and dopamine, respectively) regulate libido in humans. Social factors, such as work and family, and internal psychological factors, such as personality and stress, can affect libido. Libido can also be affected by medical conditions, medications, lifestyle and relationship issues, and age (e.g., puberty). A person who has extremely frequent sexual urges, or a suddenly increased sex drive may be experiencing hypersexuality, while the opposite condition is hyposexuality. In psychoanalytic theory, libido is psychic drive or energy, particularly associated with sexual instinct, but also present in other instinctive desires and drives.A person may have a desire for sex, but not have the opportunity to act on that desire, or may on personal, moral or religious reasons refrain from acting on the urge. Psychologically, a person's urge can be repressed or sublimated. Conversely, a person can engage in sexual activity without an actual desire for it. Multiple factors affect human sex drive, including stress, illness, pregnancy, and others. A 2001 review found that, on average, men have a higher desire for sex than women.Sexual desires are often an important factor in the formation and maintenance of intimate relationships in humans. A lack or loss of sexual desire can adversely affect relationships. Changes in the sexual desires of any partner in a sexual relationship, if sustained and unresolved, may cause problems in the relationship. The infidelity of a partner may be an indication that a partner's changing sexual desires can no longer be satisfied within the current relationship. Problems can arise from disparity of sexual desires between partners, or poor communication between partners of sexual needs and preferences.There is no widely accepted measure of what is a healthy level for sex desire. Some people want to have sex every day, or more than once a day; others once a year or not at all. However, a person who lacks a desire for sexual activity for some period of time may be experiencing a hypoactive sexual desire disorder or may be asexual.

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  1. carnal

    Carnal generally refers to physical or bodily pleasures or desires, often of a sexual nature. It pertains to things that are not spiritual but rather concerned with the flesh or material and sensual aspects of life.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carnaladjective

    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. Carnaladjective

    flesh-devouring; cruel; ravenous; bloody

  3. Etymology: [L. carnalis, fr. caro, carnis, flesh; akin to Gr. , Skr. kravya; cf. F. charnel, Of. also carnel. Cf. Charnel.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Carnal

    kär′nal, adj. fleshly: sensual: unspiritual: (Shak.) murderous, flesh-eating.—v.t. and v.i. to convert into flesh, to become fleshy.—v.t. Car′nalise, to make carnal: to debase carnally:—pr.p. cär′nalīsing; pa.p. cär′nalīsed.—ns. Car′nalist, a sensualist: a worldling; Carnal′ity state of being carnal.—adv. Car′nally,—adjs. Car′nal-mind′ed, worldly-minded; Car′neous, Carnose′, fleshy: of or like flesh.—n. Car′nifex, executioner.—adj. Carnific′ial.—n. Carnos′ity, a fleshy excrescence growing in and obstructing any part of the body. [L. carnaliscaro, carnis, flesh.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CARNAL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Carnal is ranked #58481 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Carnal surname appeared 347 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Carnal.

    91.9% or 319 total occurrences were White.
    4.6% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 5 total occurrences were Black.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of carnal in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of carnal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of carnal in a Sentence

  1. Samuel Butler:

    For truth is precious and divine, too rich a pearl for carnal swine.

  2. Michael Horton:

    When salvation is viewed as man's program, it is left up to man as to whether he will let God do this or that, but when it is viewed as God's program, there is a confidence and a certainty that no one whom God regenerates will be a carnal Christian.

  3. Logan Van Liempt:

    People live in a purely carnal physicality and therefore are unable to grasp abstract thought. Physical evidence of a non-physical force is impossible, and without objective philosophical truths, life is utterly meaningless. Due to these intellectual inabilities, rather than individuals using their collective will to seek absolute truth, they choose to be dependent on the materialistic world; rendering them trapped inside a state of existential-crisis.

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