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Full Definition of carnal
a : relating to or given to crude bodily pleasures and appetites
b : marked by sexuality
: bodily, corporeal
a : temporal
b : worldly
Origin and Etymology of carnal
Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French carnel, charnel, from Late Latin carnalis, from Latin carn-, caro flesh; akin to Greek keirein to cut — more at shear
First Known Use: 14th century
pertaining to or characterized by the flesh or the body, its passions and appetites; sensual:
not spiritual; merely human; temporal; worldly
Late Middle English: from Christian Latin carnalis, from caro, carn- ‘flesh’.
c. 1400, “physical, human, mortal,” from Old French carnal and directly from Medieval Latin carnalis “natural, of the same blood,” from Latin carnis “of the flesh,” genitive of caro “flesh, meat” (see carnage). Meaning “sensual” is from early 15c.; that of “worldly, sinful” is from mid-15c. Carnal knowledge is attested from early 15c. and was in legal use by 1680s.
early 15c., “sensuality,” from Late Latin carnalitas, from Latin carnalis (see carnal). Meaning “state of being flesh, fleshliness” is from mid-15c.
“despiritualize, sensualize,” 1680s, from carnal + -ize.
late 15c., “sexually;” 1530s, “corporeally,” from carnal + -ly (2).
“worldly minded man, one addicted to fleshly practices,” 1570s, from carnal + -ite (1).