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Definition of or relating to the body or flesh (in contrast to the spirit) — especially sexual desires or feelings

Carnal knowledge is a common expression referencing experience with sexual intercourse.
  • carnal remains
  • carnal desires
  • But we have reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts;
    Shakespeare  --  Othello
  • an age grossly carnal in its pleasures, and grossly common in its aims
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture Of Dorian Gray
  • 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
  • carnal knowledge
  • 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
  • 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
  • How many of them did you have carnal knowledge of?
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • The wretchedness of such a mind as that—the ungoverned and carnal desires!
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • We women can't never realize the carnal thoughts in the hearts of men.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • 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
  • So I am only capable of carnal lusts?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • My appetite for her was not carnal but pure.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • 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
  • But she had; she was he,re; she preferred, then, to hear him preach the gospel than to linger with others in carnal delight.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • My only carnal pleasures these days seem to be culinary.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Annie would approve of most carnal activity but not here, at work, in a bathroom.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Laurent, lock up my hair shirt and my scourge, And pray for freedom from each carnal urge.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Slaying the carnal soul in the holy war.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces

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