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1. Relating to the physical and especially sexual appetites: carnal desire.
2. Worldly or earthly; temporal: the carnal world.
3. Of or relating to the body or flesh; bodily: carnal remains.

[Middle English, from Old North French carnel, from Latin carnālis, from Latin carō, carn-, flesh; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

car·nal′i·ty (kär-năl′ĭ-tē) n.
car′nal·ly adv.
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Adv.1.carnally - in a carnal manner
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Dorothea accused herself of some meanness in this timidity: it was always odious to her to have any small fears or contrivances about her actions, but at this moment she was seeking the highest aid possible that she might not dread the corrosiveness of Celia's pretty carnally minded prose.
2-361/) Virginia Decoded , violators of this law include "any person [who] carnally knows in any manner any brute animal or voluntarily submits to such carnal knowledge.
5) By 1576, Elizabethan law books and statutes defined rape as unlawfully and carnally to know and abuse women; but, following earlier attitudes, the word still retained a secondary denotation of abduction.
The Pearl's first ballad, "The Origin Species," carnally reinvents (but otherwise hews closely to) the Genesis myth of origins (pp.
Indeed, Chapter 2 follows quite closely the itinerary along which the figure of Clizia turns from a carnally loved woman with human traits, in the first phase of Occasioni (1933-1937), to a visiting angel who starts assuming magic and goddesslike connotations in the second poetic phase (1938 1940), and finally is transformed into a Christ-like figure who chooses to sacrifice her love and life not only to save her lover (as Alcestis offered to do for her husband Admetus), but also to redeem all of humanity.
The mania for Kim's derriere is a measure of how much ground feminism has lost in the face of the black music industry's cartoonish exaggeration of the differences between the sexes, between saggers who clomp around pawing their genitals and bitches and hoes who engage in that most politically backwards and carnally palsied of dances, twerking.
For 90 minutes it floats along as a relaxed exploration of four quirky characters -- attractive, lustful, bored, somewhat confused -- and the shifting ties that bind them, carnally and otherwise.
Discovering" here suggests not only the revelation of her gender, but also a "dis-covering," the removal of garments the speaker fears would happen if she were to accompany him: the French "Will quickly know thee" both for a woman and carnally (37); Italians, taken in by her disguise, will "haunt thee with such lust and hideous rage / As Lots fayre guests were vext" (40-41); and even the "Spungy Hydroptique Dutch" will find her irresistible (42).
wife, so he and Mary kissed carnally, perhaps on the Sabbath: he must
Psyche knows her husband intimately because she has known him carnally, but that field of knowledge is inaccessible to Orual, who is a virgin.
She just wants to get to know some friends, female ones, but Shechem, "el principe de aquella tierra," "knows" her carnally.
57) In reversing the trial court's judgment convicting Lula's stepfather of defiling and carnally knowing a female under eighteen years of age, the court disregarded evidence of her stepfather's bad character, determining that "it is a matter of common knowledge that the bad character of a man for chastity does not even in the remotest degree affect his character for truth, when based upon that alone, while it does that of a woman.