from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the body; corporeal. See Synonyms at bodily.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or inclined to carnality; sensual.
  • adj. Not spiritual; worldly: fleshly pleasures.
  • adj. Tending to plumpness; fleshy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. corporeal or bodily
  • adj. sensual
  • adj. worldly
  • adv. Carnally; sexually.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the flesh; corporeal.
  • adj. Animal; not vegetable.
  • adj. Human; not celestial; not spiritual or divine.
  • adj. Carnal; wordly; lascivious.
  • adv. In a fleshly manner; carnally; lasciviously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the flesh or body in its physical relations; corporeal.
  • Pertaining to the flesh or body as the seat of appetite; carnal; not spiritual or divine; in an extreme sense, lascivious.
  • Animal; not vegetable.
  • Carnally; lasciviously.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by the appetites and passions of the body


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From flesh +‎ -ly.


  • In his occasional indulgence in what he called a fleshly frailty, (and for which he said he had a privilege,) which was in truth an attachment to strong liquors, and that in no moderate degree, his language, at other times remarkably decorous and reserved, became wild and animated.


  • But let us now subjoin -- A man who is attacked by the flesh, yet who conquers it in the conflict, is not called fleshly or carnal; but this appellation is bestowed on the man who, by yielding his consent, is brought into subjection to the flesh.

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 2

  • Genesis 11, that is, the fleshly delights that the pleasures and profits and honors of this world afford, she, forgetting the word and order of God, was content to dwell in the land of Babel.

    The Riches of Bunyan

  • All the charity we possess beyond this may be properly called fleshly charity '-- he lifted his eyes to see two of his

    Lancashire Idylls (1898)

  • "I don't know if you can call the fleshly lusts divine," replied the thinner, looking into the eyes of the writer of the songs.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • And so by the justification of the Spirit is removed from our faith the idea of fleshly weakness; through the manifestation of the flesh is revealed that which was secret, and in the unknown cause of that which was secret is contained the only confession, the confession of the mystery of great godliness.

    NPNF2-09. Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus

  • Once your hearts were spiritually what the tables of the law were physically, tables of stone, but God has "taken away the stony heart out of your flesh, given you a heart of flesh" (fleshy, not fleshly, that is, carnal; hence it is written, "out of your flesh" that is, your carnal nature), Eze

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Early Christians often denigrated traditional Jewish sacrificial ritual as inadequate and "fleshly" rather than spiritual, and argued that Jesus 'death had superseded it.

    The Betrayer's Gospel

  • This, in particular, is said to be "fleshly," to be "enmity against God," to be filled with


  • His spiritual gifts, "are ye now being made perfect" (so the Greek), that is, are ye seeking to be made perfect with "fleshly" ordinances of the law?

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible


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