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Relating to physical, especially sexual, needs and activities:‘carnal desire’
sexual, sensual, erotic, lustful, lascivious, libidinous, lecherous, licentious, lewd, prurient, salacious, coarse, gross, lubricious, venerealphysical, bodily, corporeal, fleshly, animalsexyView synonyms
- ‘The pair were so engrossed in their carnal activities that they did not even notice Loren.’
- ‘The Wooden Frock is from the Cinderella shelf of the library, the slipper here replaced by the more carnal symbol of a wedding ring.’
- ‘The videos apparently distract the viewer's attention from the song to the meaningless portrayal of carnal desires.’
- ‘But in this struggle it is not the carnal desires that always triumph as some people imagine.’
- ‘This scene gives us our first sighting of Lord Summerisle as well as introducing the more carnal aspects of island life.’
- ‘They must curb their carnal cravings and submit to the will of the Lord.’
- ‘Islam requires that both women and men adopt modest dress that does not inflame carnal desire.’
- ‘Sensuality is only carnal when it is used indiscriminately, for self-defeating gratification.’
- ‘Here you will find a room of elegantly erotic mosaics, and sentimentally carnal ceramics.’
- ‘The King portrayed a female vagrant, complete with a garbage bag dress, who goes after a man in hope of satisfying her carnal desires.’
- ‘Shopping in our humble opinions is a divine pleasure in its own right and its reputation can only be sullied by likening it to more carnal activity.’
- ‘I wish they would spend time making the characters as real as their carnal activities.’
- ‘In these works, the wolf-man emerges as a kind of romantic anti-hero, torn between social mores and carnal desire.’
- ‘Satin is sensual and carnal (think satin sheets), but also associated with ritual.’
- ‘For him, though, there's no competition between carnal and spiritual desires.’
- ‘And yet to me to love in a carnal sense was at any rate to enjoy a triumph over countless rivals.’
- ‘When Sam's not being offered carnal delights, he is being offered other vices.’
- ‘It is carnal need, which, by coincidence, is an important part of the expression of love.’
- ‘The majority of the men who frequent dance-halls go there with nothing but carnal thoughts in their minds.’
- ‘He took up with a girl who, as well as carnal favours, supplied him with rationed beer and contraband Craven As.’
Late Middle English: from Christian Latin carnalis, from caro, carn- flesh.
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