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carnal

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of carnal

  1. 1 having to do with life on earth especially as opposed to that in heaven the preacher warned that those who were interested only in carnal pursuits would not see the kingdom of heaven Synonyms of carnal earthly, earthborn, earthbound, fleshly, material, mundane, sublunary, temporal, terrene, terrestrial, worldlyWords Related to carnal animal, bodily, corporal, corporeal, physical; daily, diurnal; unspiritual; anthropic (or anthropical), anthropocentricNear Antonyms of carnal celestial, Elysian, empyreal, empyrean, supernal; metaphysical; devotional, divine, religious, sacred, spiritual, utopian; extraterrestrial; ethereal, supernatural, transcendent, transcendentalAntonyms of carnal heavenly, nontemporal, unearthly, unworldly

  2. 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 Synonyms of carnal animal, bodily, physical, corporal, corporeal, fleshly, material, somaticWords Related to carnal anatomic (or anatomical), physiological (or physiologic); sensual, sensuous; hand-to-handNear Antonyms of carnal cerebral, inner, intellectual, mental, psychological (also psychologic); bodiless, immaterial, incorporeal, insubstantial, spiritual; ethereal, metaphysical, psychic (also psychical)Antonyms of carnal nonmaterial, nonphysical

  3. 3 pleasing to the physical senses carnal attractions of that gambling mecca in the desert Synonyms of carnal sensual, fleshly, luscious, lush, sensuous, voluptuousWords Related to carnal bodily, corporeal; agreeable, delectable, delicious, delightful, dreamy, gratifying, palatable, pleasant, pleasing, pleasurable, scrumptious; epicurean, luxurious, self-indulgentNear Antonyms of carnal harsh, painful, uncomfortable; disgusting, foul, hideous, icky

Synonym Discussion of carnal

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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