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Definition of "carnal" []

  • Relating to the physical and especially sexual appetites: carnal desire. (adjective)
  • Worldly or earthly; temporal: the carnal world. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the body or flesh; bodily: carnal remains. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "carnal" in a sentence
  • "If by _carnal_ the Gnostics meant 'sensual,' then, the apostles in denouncing them for rejecting a carnal Jesus, must have held that"
  • "Where is Hector to command the troll, change, to engage in carnal relations with a vicious predator?"
  • "Lord help us if old Jimmy gets any ideas along those lines, since his idea of carnal is probably a good old nose pick."