Definition of fleshly in English:



  • 1Relating to human desire or bodily appetites; sensual.

    ‘fleshly pleasures’
    • ‘He often scrutinizes the fleshly nature of animals, mining for metaphors.’
    • ‘Indeed, the real disciple would abandon all fleshly desires and follow Christ as a priest or a religious.’
    • ‘It's easy to see why Lucy and Mina would be tempted by the fleshly liberation he represents, especially in contrast to the stodgy, possessive dorks who would enslave them with marriage.’
    • ‘He said: ‘There is a moral code to protect us from ourselves, in our own fleshly desires, which I know can be very, very strong.’’
    • ‘Their preachers were both papists and Puritans, Jacobites and republicans; they ravished wives or influenced them to give up all fleshly pleasures; they coveted other men's goods or denied them the use of worldly possessions.’
    • ‘Shortly before I met you I was this cold-blooded animal engulfed in murder and fleshly desires.’
    • ‘Out of all the gods, only the Jester had children because he was the only one concerned with the more… fleshly pleasures.’
    • ‘And think upon the soul, lifting herself up from the body and rejecting indulgence and fleshly delights and pleasures and laying aside as well her concern for worldly vanities.’
    • ‘One would only hope that such seasoned cinema vets would produce material that might whet one's libido, or at least take a novel approach to fleshly longing.’
    • ‘Chris is one of the story's truly good-natured personalities even though he submits to the fleshly desires of the wayward physician Diane.’
    • ‘But His desire to complete His purpose subjugated the fleshly desires before Him.’
    • ‘Christianity had a deep animus against bodily or fleshly pleasures, seeing these as corrupt and sinful consequences of our fallen state.’
    • ‘Likewise, greed, a giving in to fleshly temptation, is a descent from human to animal.’
    • ‘Introduce it to an enemy position and they'd find themselves overcome with fleshly desires.’
    • ‘Materiality is pure terror for which the only consolation is materiality itself, in its more benign aspects of color and contour and fleshly pleasure.’
    • ‘He was horrified by living, fleshly, female sexuality.’
    • ‘Only when he had drained the cup of every fleshly pleasure could he accept those deeper thirsts which drove him on.’
    • ‘Her deception of Tian Tian is understandable enough from the fleshly point of view: The spirit was willing, but, oh, the flesh is not.’
    • ‘There are no disembodied brains, divorced from human emotions, hormonal urges and fleshly thoughts, engaged solely in disinterested play of the mind on the eternal verities.’
    • ‘Being robed in white bespeaks one who is redeemed and no longer subject to her fleshly appetites.’
    carnal, sexual, sensual, erotic, lustful, lascivious, libidinous, lecherous, licentious, lewd, prurient, salacious, coarse, physical, animal, bestial, gross, lubricious, venereal
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  • 2Having an actual physical presence.

    • ‘In that tradition, it may be recalled, the crucifixion of Christ is construed as Christianity's repudiation of the earthly and fleshly, to which Dionysian intoxication is the alternative.’
    • ‘There is more to bodies, however, than fleshly materiality.’
    • ‘I could argue that if you had a sufficient outlet for expressing your true selves in your fleshly, corporeal lives, then your blogs would be redundant.’
    • ‘It is not ideology, it is incarnation and when it infects our lives we too become incarnated, real, fleshly, vulnerable, and strangely free.’
    • ‘George's latest work, funded during a fit of good sense by the Rockefeller Foundation, carries his obsession with earthly, fleshly things into the literal stratosphere.’
    • ‘Unlike the austerely disembodied Hungarian, however, Auerbach is a radical populist who celebrates the fleshly and mundane.’
    • ‘In Moon in a Tree, ‘being’ is both phantom and fleshly, fantasized and actual.’
    • ‘David's emergence into fleshly existence is not done through miraculous wish fulfillment, but from a profound, human confessional; and the realization of mortality encroaches.’
    • ‘We especially fear being constrained by our bodies, because every fleshly constraint is a premonition of death, the final limit our physicality places on our ambitions.’
    • ‘That's how I know it's from God, because it so truly models the Incarnation: the power and true nature of God taking material form in a human, fleshly body.’
    • ‘He clarifies what he means by asserting that in the New Testament the word ‘flesh’ refers simply to our physical fleshly body, and not our sinful nature.’
    • ‘The problem is not with the physical, fleshly nature of our being.’
    • ‘In addition, marriage clearly promotes the bearing of children, which implies bringing new spiritual beings under the domination of fleshly bodies and so helping the cause of evil.’
    • ‘On the contrary, she should steep herself in the rich history of these shadowy ciphers, for they can carry heavy loads, as freighted with meaning as any more fleshly incarnations.’
    • ‘One of the ways of freeing the spirit from the trammels of its earthly role is to replace the fleshly mask with another, the mask of art, which more faithfully portrays the soul beneath.’
    • ‘I can understand where you're coming from, but I've always been uncomfortable with pitching the human and fleshly against the spiritual and transcendent, as if they are two entirely different worlds.’
    • ‘These subjects come together for us when we discuss the representation of embodiment that insists both on the fleshly materiality of the body, and the ubiquity of unconscious fantasy that underpins being-in-the-body.’
    • ‘Although the androids possess fleshly bodies that are animated with passions and affections that their human counterparts do not appear to have, there is a constant reaffirmation through language that they are not alive.’
    physical, bodily, corporeal, corporal, mortal
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Old English flǣsclic (see flesh, -ly).