1. [syn: animal(a), carnal, fleshly, sensual]
2. of or relating to the body or flesh;
- Example: "carnal remains"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Carnal \Car"nal\, a. [L. carnalis, fr. caro, carnis, flesh; akin
to Gr. ?, Skr. kravya; cf. F. charnel, Of. also carnel. Cf.
1. Of or pertaining to the body or its appetites; animal;
fleshly; sensual; given to sensual indulgence; lustful;
human or worldly as opposed to spiritual.
For ye are yet carnal. --1 Cor. iii.
Not sunk in carnal pleasure. --Milton
Carnal desires after miracles. --Trench.
2. Flesh-devouring; cruel; ravenous; bloody. [Obs.]
This carnal cur
Preys on the issue of his mother's body. --Shak.
Carnal knowledge, sexual intercourse; -- used especially of
an unlawful act on the part of the man.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: marked by the appetites and passions of the body; "animal
instincts"; "carnal knowledge"; "fleshly desire"; "a
sensual delight in eating"; "music is the only sensual
pleasure without vice" [syn: animal(a), carnal,
2: of or relating to the body or flesh; "carnal remains"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
113 Moby Thesaurus words for "carnal":
Adamic, Circean, Philistine, amorous, animal, animalistic,
aphrodisiomaniacal, backsliding, bawdy, beastlike, beastly,
bestial, bodily, brutal, brute, brutish, carnal-minded,
clitoromaniacal, coarse, concupiscent, corporal, corporeal, dirty,
earthly, earthy, erogenic, erogenous, erotic, eroticomaniacal,
erotogenic, erotomaniacal, erring, fallen, fleshly, frail, gamic,
goatish, gross, gynecomaniacal, heterosexual, horny, hot,
hysteromaniacal, impure, infirm, ithyphallic, lapsed, lascivious,
lecherous, lewd, libidinal, libidinous, licentious, lickerish,
lubricious, lustful, material, materialistic, mundane,
nonspiritual, nuptial, nymphomaniacal, obscene, of easy virtue,
orgiastic, oversexed, pandemic, peccable, physical, postlapsarian,
potent, priapic, procreative, prodigal, profane, prurient, randy,
recidivist, recidivistic, salacious, satyric, secular, sensual,
sensuous, sex, sexed, sexlike, sexual, sexy, somatic, straight,
substantial, swinish, temporal, terrestrial, unangelic, unchaste,
unclean, undersexed, ungodly, ungood, unrighteous, unsaintly,
unspiritual, unvirtuous, venereal, virtueless, voluptuous, vulgar,
wanton, wayward, weak, worldly
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Unconverted men are so called (1 Cor. 3:3). They are represented
as of a "carnal mind, which is enmity against God" (Rom. 8:6,
7). Enjoyments that minister to the wants and desires of man's
animal nature are so called (Rom. 15:27; 1 Cor. 9:11). The
ceremonial of the Mosaic law is spoken of as "carnal," because
it related to things outward, the bodies of men and of animals,
and the purification of the flesh (Heb. 7:16; 9:10). The weapons
of Christian warfare are "not carnal", that is, they are not of
man's device, nor are wielded by human power (2 Cor. 10:4).