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fleshly

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1 having to do with life on earth especially as opposed to that in heaven
  • a time of year when people shouldn't focus on fleshly concerns, but instead on spiritual matters

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2 of or relating to the human body
  • the fleshly eye sees the only finished painting, but the mind's eye sees the genius behind its creation

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3 pleasing to the physical senses
  • returning campers looking forward to all the fleshly pleasures of home, including warm baths

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How is the word fleshly different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of fleshly are animal, carnal, and sensual. While all these words mean "having a relation to the body," fleshly is less derogatory than carnal.

a saint who had experienced fleshly temptations

When might animal be a better fit than fleshly?

While the synonyms animal and fleshly are close in meaning, animal stresses the physical as distinguished from the rational nature of a person.

led a mindless animal existence

When is carnal a more appropriate choice than fleshly?

While in some cases nearly identical to fleshly, 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

When would sensual be a good substitute for fleshly?

Although the words sensual and fleshly have much in common, 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

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The first known use of fleshly was before the 12th century

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“Fleshly.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/fleshly. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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