flesh·​ly | \ ˈflesh-lē How to pronounce fleshly (audio) \

Definition of fleshly

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

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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

Examples of fleshly in a Sentence

a time of year when people shouldn't focus on fleshly concerns, but instead on spiritual matters the fleshly eye sees the only finished painting, but the mind's eye sees the genius behind its creation
Recent Examples on the Web Our fleshly forms evolved to work within the tug of gravity. National Geographic, "What happens to brains in space, and more breakthroughs," 12 June 2019 Beasley’s lush and sculptures are anchored in fleshly experience. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At the ICA, Kevin Beasley alchemizes dark histories," 23 May 2018 A bovine nirvana, in other words, where the fleshly mortification of Theravada Buddhism does not apply. Joseph Hincks / Hong Kong, Time, "This Is How It Feels to Eat 13-Year-Old Steak," 30 Aug. 2017 For two decades, Howard has sworn off liquor, cigarettes, women, and other fleshly temptations. Matt Wolfe, New Republic, "Why did Yousef Muslet face life in prison for an everyday gesture?," 2 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of fleshly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Fleshly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleshly. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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