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carnal remains
  of or relating to the body or flesh (in contrast to the spirit) — especially sexual desires or feelings
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  • carnal remains
  • carnal desires
  • But we have reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts;
    Shakespeare  --  Othello
  • Now mine own affairs, which are of a spiritual kind and much more important than yours which are carnal, lie on the other side of this stream.
    J. Walker McSpadden  --  Robin Hood

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  • an age grossly carnal in its pleasures, and grossly common in its aims
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture Of Dorian Gray
  • Annie would approve of most carnal activity but not here, at work, in a bathroom.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • It was hard to see and I called her name and she cooed, and what I could make out finally was that she was beckoning me, darkly, taunting me with the vile display of her carnality.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The week surrounding Yulemas was a time of relaxation, a time to celebrate the carnal pleasures that kept one warm on a winter’s night.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Oh, my cup turned into a spillway flooding across the spotless carpet, out the door down Pierrepont Street, across all the twilit carnal reaches of Brooklyn.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He sighed, and said rape was carnal knowledge of a female by force and without consent.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • My only carnal pleasures these days seem to be culinary.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • As he sat on the plush divan and positioned the photo album on his lap, he felt a carnal hunger stir.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • They have dissolved the carnal family, and constituted in their community a spiritual family.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • So I am only capable of carnal lusts?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • She seemed like a nightmare of Lucy as she lay there, the pointed teeth, the blood stained, voluptuous mouth, which made one shudder to see, the whole carnal and unspirited appearance, seeming like a devilish mockery of Lucy’s sweet purity.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • These people of the remote future were strict vegetarians, and while I was with them, in spite of some carnal cravings, I had to be frugivorous also.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • The human spirit craves mastery over its carnal shell.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • He could interpret their naked presence in his hands only as a cosmic oversight destined to be rectified speedily, and he was driven always to make what carnal use of them he could in the fleeting moment or two he felt he had before Someone caught wise and whisked them away.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Yet they say, who was it told me, there is no carnal.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Instead of the soaring lines reaching for heaven, demanded by the very nature of a temple, as a symbol of man’s quest for something higher than his little ego, this building is flauntingly horizontal, its belly in the mud, thus declaring its allegiance to the carnal, glorifying the gross pleasures of the flesh above those of the spirit.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • If the balance of our lives had not one scale of reason to poise another of sensuality, the blood and baseness of our natures would conduct us to most preposterous conclusions: But we have reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts; whereof I take this, that you call love, to be a sect or scion.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • But maybe it was my whiny Holden Caulfield imitationof a boy in need of carnal therapy that got me nowhere.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • I have redressed injuries, righted wrongs, punished insolences, vanquished giants, and crushed monsters; I am in love, for no other reason than that it is incumbent on knights-errant to be so; but though I am, I am no carnal-minded lover, but one of the chaste, platonic sort.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • When he pronounces a soft O he protrudes his full carnal lips as if he kissed the vowel.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • "Friend wayfarer," replied the hermit, "be not importunate; if thou puttest me to use the carnal weapon in mine own defence, it will be e’en the worse for you."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Slaying the carnal soul in the holy war.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Bound to be something carnal here.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Transito Ariza could not hide a feeling of pride, more carnal than maternal, when she saw him leave the notions shop in his black suit and stiff felt hat, his lyrical bow tie and celluloid collar, and she asked him as a joke if he was going to a funeral.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The wretchedness of such a mind as that—the ungoverned and carnal desires!
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The minister almost wept with joy at this deliverance from the carnal desire to "peep" and went back to his own house praising God.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • We women can’t never realize the carnal thoughts in the hearts of men.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Last time I checked three hundred girls from Sweet Briar had carnal designs on my body.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • He erred not; for by this the heavenly bands Down from a sky of jasper lighted now In Paradise, and on a hill made halt; A glorious apparition, had not doubt And carnal fear that day dimmed Adam’s eye.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • …so jump upon this bloody question, You from the Polack wars, and you from England, Are here arriv’d, give order that these bodies High on a stage be placed to the view; And let me speak to the yet unknowing world How these things came about: so shall you hear Of carnal, bloody and unnatural acts; Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters; Of deaths put on by cunning and forc’d cause; And, in this upshot, purposes mistook Fall’n on the inventors’ heads: all this can I Truly deliver.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • I felt no qualms about my first lust for the flesh being born on holy ground; the contrast betweenbudding carnal desires and the aching loneliness of the hymns never evoked any sense of guilt in me.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Or can any carnal appetite so overpower your reason, or so totally lay it asleep, as to prevent your flying with affright and terror from a crime which carries such punishment always with it?
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • She felt increasingly (vision or nightmare?) that, though people are important, the relations between them are not, and that in particular too much fuss has been made over marriage; centuries of carnal embracement, yet man is no nearer to understanding man.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Later, looking back on the day, Ammu realized that the slightly feverish glitter in her bridegroom’s eyes had not been love, or even excitement at the prospect of carnal bliss, but approximately eight large pegs of whiskey.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Dorothea accused herself of some meanness in this timidity: it was always odious to her to have any small fears or contrivances about her actions, but at this moment she was seeking the highest aid possible that she might not dread the corrosiveness of Celia’s pretty carnally minded prose.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • To project one’s soul into some gracious form, and let it tarry there for a moment; to hear one’s own intellectual views echoed back to one with all the added music of passion and youth; to convey one’s temperament into another as though it were a subtle fluid or a strange perfume; there was a real joy in that—perhaps the most satisfying joy left to us in an age so limited and vulgar as our own, an age grossly carnal in its pleasures, and grossly common in its aims….
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • This rapid recovery caused a sort of tense muscular wave to ripple over Legrandin’s hips, which I had not supposed to be so fleshy; I cannot say why, but this undulation of pure matter, this wholly carnal fluency, with not the least hint in it of spiritual significance, this wave lashed to a fury by the wind of an assiduity, an obsequiousness of the basest sort, awoke my mind suddenly to the possibility of a Legrandin altogether different from the one whom we knew.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • But my days are just this: food and carnal pleasure.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • My appetite for her was not carnal but pure.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • How many of them did you have carnal knowledge of?
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Laurent, lock up my hair shirt and my scourge, And pray for freedom from each carnal urge.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • They could be bought and sold, whipped and branded, used for the carnal pleasure of their owners, bred to make more slaves.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • She gave him a look he guessed was supposed to convey in equal measure a religious wonder at his great profundity and something rather more carnal.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • "Your gaze encompasses all men, makes your most ordinary glance seem intimate, carnal," Dr. Ghosh had told her, "as though you are ravishing me with your eyes!"
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Because the body is sickness and depravity, it is what produces death, yes, both of them, love and death, are carnal, and that is the source of their terror and great magic!
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • — O upright, just, and true-disposing God, How do I thank Thee that this carnal cur Preys on the issue of his mother’s body, And makes her pew-fellow with others’ moan!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
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