Definition of carnal knowledge in US English:

carnal knowledge


  • Sexual intercourse.

    • ‘In an innovative shift, Hurston replaces the legendary tree of knowledge, the apple tree, with an arguably more fitting symbol of the acquisition of carnal knowledge and sexual experience, the pear tree.’
    • ‘We need to reinforce the laws governing underage sex, carnal knowledge and the age of consent.’
    • ‘Cases of unlawful carnal knowledge were also down 6%.’
    • ‘The applicant was charged with a number of other counts involving allegations of carnal knowledge and assault during an earlier period, and he was convicted of some of those counts.’
    • ‘Before revision of the state laws in 1813, rape was defined as ‘unlawful and carnal knowledge of a woman, by force, and against her will.’’
    sexual intercourse, sex, lovemaking, making love, sex act, act of love, sexual relations, intimate relations, intimacy, coupling, mating, going to bed with someone, sleeping with someone
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carnal knowledge

/ˈkɑrnl ˈnɑlədʒ/