1. [syn: sexual intercourse, intercourse, sex act, copulation, coitus, coition, sexual congress, congress, sexual relation, relation, carnal knowledge]
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):
n 1: the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman;
the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and
excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur [syn: sexual
intercourse, intercourse, sex act, copulation,
coitus, coition, sexual congress, congress, sexual
relation, relation, carnal knowledge]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
44 Moby Thesaurus words for "carnal knowledge":
act of love, adultery, aphrodisia, ass, balling, climax,
cohabitation, coition, coitus, coitus interruptus, commerce,
congress, connection, copula, copulation, coupling, diddling,
fornication, intercourse, intimacy, lovemaking, making it with,
marital relations, marriage act, mating, meat, onanism, orgasm,
ovum, pareunia, procreation, relations, screwing, sex, sex act,
sexual climax, sexual commerce, sexual congress,
sexual intercourse, sexual relations, sexual union, sleeping with,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
CARNAL KNOWLEDGE, crim. law. This phrase is used to signify a sexual
connexion; as, rape is the carnal knowledge of a woman, &c. See Rape.