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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. marked by the appetites and passions of the body;
- Example: "animal instincts"
- Example: "carnal knowledge"
- Example: "fleshly desire"
- Example: "a sensual delight in eating"
- Example: "music is the only sensual pleasure without vice"
[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. Charnel.] 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. [1913 Webster] For ye are yet carnal. --1 Cor. iii. 3. [1913 Webster] Not sunk in carnal pleasure. --Milton [1913 Webster] Carnal desires after miracles. --Trench. [1913 Webster] 2. Flesh-devouring; cruel; ravenous; bloody. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This carnal cur Preys on the issue of his mother's body. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Carnal knowledge, sexual intercourse; -- used especially of an unlawful act on the part of the man. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

carnal 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, fleshly, sensual] 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:

Carnal 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).