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4 definitions found
 for carnal knowledge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Carnal \Car"nal\, a. [L. carnalis, fr. caro, carnis, flesh; akin
     to Gr. ?, Skr. kravya; cf. F. charnel, Of. also carnel. Cf.
     Charnel.]
     1. Of or pertaining to the body or its appetites; animal;
        fleshly; sensual; given to sensual indulgence; lustful;
        human or worldly as opposed to spiritual.
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              For ye are yet carnal.                --1 Cor. iii.
                                                    3.
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              Not sunk in carnal pleasure.          --Milton
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              Carnal desires after miracles.        --Trench.
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     2. Flesh-devouring; cruel; ravenous; bloody. [Obs.]
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              This carnal cur
              Preys on the issue of his mother's body. --Shak.
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     Carnal knowledge, sexual intercourse; -- used especially of
        an unlawful act on the part of the man.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  carnal knowledge
      n 1: the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman;
           the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and
           excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur [syn: sexual
           intercourse, intercourse, sex act, copulation,
           coitus, coition, sexual congress, congress, sexual
           relation, relation, carnal knowledge]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  44 Moby Thesaurus words for "carnal knowledge":
     act of love, adultery, aphrodisia, ass, balling, climax,
     cohabitation, coition, coitus, coitus interruptus, commerce,
     congress, connection, copula, copulation, coupling, diddling,
     fornication, intercourse, intimacy, lovemaking, making it with,
     marital relations, marriage act, mating, meat, onanism, orgasm,
     ovum, pareunia, procreation, relations, screwing, sex, sex act,
     sexual climax, sexual commerce, sexual congress,
     sexual intercourse, sexual relations, sexual union, sleeping with,
     sperm, venery
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  CARNAL KNOWLEDGE, crim. law. This phrase is used to signify a sexual 
  connexion; as, rape is the carnal knowledge of a woman, &c. See Rape. 
  
  

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