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carnal

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1 having to do with life on earth especially as opposed to that in heaven
  • The preacher warned those who were interested only in carnal pursuits.
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2 of or relating to the human body
  • a missionary who tends to the carnal needs of the people as well as to their spiritual concerns
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3 pleasing to the physical senses
  • carnal attractions of that gambling mecca in the desert
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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

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