carnal: of the flesh, as opposed to the spirit; pertaining in a derogatory way to the use of the sexual organs as a manifestation of humanity's lower nature [from Latin, carnis, flesh].

Dictionary of Sexology Project: Main Index

Car"nal (?), a. [L. carnalis, fr. caro, carnis, flesh; akin to Gr. , Skr. kravya; cf. F. charnel, Of. also carnel. Cf. Charnel.]


Of or pertaining to the body or is appetites; animal; fleshly; sensual; given to sensual indulgence; lustful; human or worldly as opposed to spiritual.

For ye are yet carnal. 1 Car. iii. 3.

Not sunk in carnal pleasure. Milton

rnal desires after miracles. Trench.


Flesh-devouring; cruel; ravenous; bloody.


This carnal cur Preys on the issue of his mother's body. Shak.

Carnal knowledge, sexual intercourse; -- used especially of an unlawful act on the part of the man.


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