adjective flesh·ly \ˈflesh-lē\

Definition of FLESHLY

a :  corporeal, bodily
b :  of, relating to, or characterized by indulgence of bodily appetites; especially :  lascivious <fleshly desires>
c :  not spiritual :  worldly
:  fleshy 1a
:  having a sensuous quality <fleshly art>

Examples of FLESHLY

  1. <a time of year when people shouldn't focus on fleshly concerns, but instead on spiritual matters>
  2. <the fleshly eye sees the only finished painting, but the mind's eye sees the genius behind its creation>

First Known Use of FLESHLY

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of FLESHLY

carnal, fleshly, sensual, animal mean having a relation to the body. carnal may mean only this but more often connotes derogatorily an action or manifestation of a person's lower nature <a slave to carnal desires>. fleshly is less derogatory than carnal <a saint who had experienced fleshly temptations>. sensual may apply to any gratification of a bodily desire or pleasure but commonly implies sexual appetite with absence of the spiritual or intellectual <fleshpots providing sensual delights>. animal stresses the physical as distinguished from the rational nature of a person <led a mindless animal existence>.

Rhymes with FLESHLY


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