Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Wikipedia.
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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
relating to the appetites and passions of the body; sensual; fleshly
[C15: from Late Latin: relating to flesh, from Latin carō flesh]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Switch to new thesaurus
|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"|
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
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.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
carnal[ˈkɑːnl] adj → carnale
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995