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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 hot showers
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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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