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Related to carnal: carnal knowledge
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.
relating to the appetites and passions of the body; sensual; fleshly
[C15: from Late Latin: relating to flesh, from Latin carō flesh]
1. pertaining to or characterized by the passions and appetites of the flesh or body; sensual.
2. not spiritual; temporal; worldly.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin carnālis=carn-, s. of carō flesh + -ālis -al1]
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.
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|Adj.||1.||carnal - 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"|
physical - involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit; "physical exercise"; "physical suffering"; "was sloppy about everything but her physical appearance"
|2.||carnal - of or relating to the body or flesh; "carnal remains"|
adjective sexual, animal, sexy (informal), fleshly, erotic, sensual, randy (informal, chiefly Brit.), steamy (informal), raunchy (slang), sensuous, voluptuous, lewd, wanton, amorous, salacious, prurient, impure, lascivious, lustful, lecherous, libidinous, licentious, unchaste Their passion became inflamed and their carnal desires ran wild.