Definition of carnal
- gluttony and other carnal activities
- carnal love
the preacher warned that those who were interested only in carnal pursuits would not see the kingdom of heaven
a missionary who tends to the carnal needs of the people as well as to their spiritual concerns
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: of or relating to the body : sexual or sensual
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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