fleshly

adjective flesh·ly \ ˈflesh-lē \

Definition of fleshly

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

Examples of fleshly in a Sentence

  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

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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


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