Definition of carnal
1a : relating to or given to crude bodily pleasures and appetites gluttony and other carnal activitiesb : marked by sexuality carnal love
carnalityplay \kär-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun
carnallyplay \ˈkär-nə-lē\ adverb
Examples of carnal in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples of carnal from the Web
The mess that religious piety makes of carnal passion bursts uproariously onto the screen in Leo McCarey’s worldly wise yet heaven-drunk love story, from 1957.
The two Jones families find plenty of occasions to interact, resulting in some mild flirting between Jennifer and her new neighbor John and perhaps something more carnal between the coltish Pony and the lumbering Bob.
Seven Surrenders, the second in the three-part Terra Ignota series, delivers all the imaginative, carnal futurism that make science fiction so enjoyable.
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Origin and Etymology of carnal
Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French carnel, charnel, from Late Latin carnalis, from Latin carn-, caro flesh; akin to Greek keirein to cut — more at shear
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of carnal
CARNAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of carnal for English Language Learners
: of or relating to the body : sexual or sensual
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