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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.
It started reasonably innocently with a 'flirty friendship' with Delilah Dingle (played by Hayley Tamaddon) but despite David's best efforts, he never got to know her carnally.
This is Angelo's failure to preserve Claudio from death once Isabella carnally submitted herself to him.
In Old English, this definition comprises four subtypes: (i) zero derivation with inflectional morphemes and without derivational morphemes, as in ridan "to ride" > ridda "rider"; (ii) zero derivation without explicit morphemes, either inflectional or derivational, as in bidan "to delay" > bid "delay"; (iii) zero derivation with or without explicit inflection but displaying ablaut, such as, respectively, cnawan "to know" > cneowian "to know carnally" and drifan "to drive" > draf "action of driving"; and (iv) zero derivation with formatives that cannot be considered derivational affixes in synchronic analysis, such as -m in fleon "to fly" > fleam "flight."
Warren was charged with soliciting another person "to carnally know a brute animal or to submit to carnal knowledge with a brute animal." Warren moved to dismiss the indictment on constitutional grounds.
Which US President's interpreter said on his behalf: "I desire the Poles carnally"?
The big reason of inflation in rice is that, day by day Pakistan carnally is being because of this, rice become expensive.
The 60-year-old, of Carnally Road, Silverbridge, Co Armagh, was convicted at Newry Magistrates Court of three animal welfare offences.
34, [section] 5 (1837) ("Any person, who shall ravish and carnally know any female, of the age of ten years or more, by force or against her will, or who shall unlawfully and carnally know and abuse any female child under the age of ten years, shall be adjudged guilty of felony, and shall suffer death without benefit of clergy.").
Davis, in Evelyn Waugh, Writer, cites critical work on earlier versions of the Brideshead Revisited and the changes Waugh made in this scene, eliminating rather obvious suggestions that Ryder is becoming "carnally incorporated into the magic circle of Brideshead" through this sexual act (183).
She is later unlawfully and carnally known by Chiron and Demetrius (2.3).