bodily

adjective
bodi·​ly | \ ˈbä-də-lē How to pronounce bodily (audio) \

Definition of bodily

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having a body : physical
2 : of or relating to the body bodily comfort bodily organs

bodily

adverb

Definition of bodily (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : in the flesh
b : in a manner that involves physically moving someone's body The blast lifted him bodily into the air. Jerry Wexler called him a "parasite" and threw him bodily out of his office.— Jack Kroll
2 : as a whole : altogether

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bodily

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of bodily in a Sentence

Adjective The victim suffered serious bodily injury. the old man suffered from a number of bodily ailments Adverb The blast lifted him bodily into the air. The house will have to be moved bodily to the new site.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The man faces possible charges of murder, attempted murder and inflicting severe bodily harm. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "German Authorities Probe Tourist’s Killing as Possible Islamist Terrorist Attack," 21 Oct. 2020 What if this would have been my first go-around with that level of harassment and threats, especially threats of bodily harm? Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "A (Very Biased) Interview With Marci Ien About Leaving The Social For Politics," 16 Oct. 2020 Mouat was arrested in June after the incident and charged with ethnic intimidation, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and assault with a dangerous weapon in Monroe County Circuit Court, Fox 2 Detroit reported. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Michigan man charged with federal hate crime after attacking Black teen with bike lock: prosecutors," 15 Oct. 2020 The kid doesn’t like being shifted to the attic, despite the attic being objectively cooler than his old room, and so the two one-up each other with pranks that start at uncomfortable and escalate to bordering on grievous bodily harm. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Robert De Niro plays 'Grandpa' in a comedy that doesn't deserve him," 8 Oct. 2020 The opportunity to cause death or great bodily harm. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Self-defense and 'reasonableness': Why prosecutors so rarely charge police officers in on-duty shootings," 7 Oct. 2020 Authorities said Slaiwa is charged with one count each of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation and assault with a dangerous weapon. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Macomb County brawl involving machete, baseball bat caught on video," 6 Oct. 2020 Richards was arrested on seven charges that include leaving the scene of a crash involving death, child neglect without great bodily harm, and driving without a valid license, records show. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Man arrested in deadly hit-and-run also accused of leaving two injured children behind in the damaged car," 30 Sep. 2020 The police are justified in returning fire when an officer is threatened with bodily harm or injury. Zz Packer, The New Yorker, "The Empty Facts of the Breonna Taylor Decision," 27 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Conservatives have prevailed in an effort to deny people bodily autonomy. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Reproductive Coercion Wins at the Supreme Court," 8 July 2020 Still, a beard could trap bodily fluids from coughs and sneezes, potentially infecting other people in close contact, Adalja said. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "GM to restart its plants in Mexico as soon as Thursday night," 22 May 2020 But a brand-new study just discovered that another bodily fluid may contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus, too: semen. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "A New Study Found Coronavirus In Semen," 8 May 2020 Spode threatens everything: two engagements, Wooster’s bodily well-being, the literary magazine. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "Wartime for Wodehouse," 25 May 2020 He is charged with two counts of making terroristic threats during an emergency, two counts of throwing bodily fluid at an officer, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and two violations of the emergency orders. NBC News, "Man spit on officers, claimed to have COVID-19 during domestic incident arrest, police say," 15 Apr. 2020 The Living Mountain prescribes a philosophy of bodily thinking, in which the body is a sensorium and the senses are avenues to knowledge. Connor Goodwin, The Atlantic, "The Exquisite Pain of Reading in Quarantine," 11 Apr. 2020 Roughly the length of a finger, the insects fly together by the millions and are devouring crops and forcing people in some areas to bodily wade through them. Elias Meseret, BostonGlobe.com, "Locust outbreak, most serious in 25 years, hits East Africa," 17 Jan. 2020 Collective experiences among colleagues and mentors include needlestick injuries, being sprayed with every bodily fluid imaginable, as well as exposures to infections like meningococcal meningitis. Anna Goshua, STAT, "Medical students called to the Covid-19 fight need support, protection," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of bodily

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of bodily was in the 14th century

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15 Nov 2020

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“Bodily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bodily. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for bodily

bodily

adjective
How to pronounce bodily (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bodily

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to the body : having to do with a person's or animal's body

bodily

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of bodily (Entry 2 of 2)

: by moving someone's body
: as an entire structure rather than in pieces

bodily

adjective
bodi·​ly | \ ˈbä-də-lē How to pronounce bodily (audio) \

Kids Definition of bodily

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the body bodily comfort bodily functions

bodily

adverb

Kids Definition of bodily (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : by the body … we shall … remove you bodily to a safer location.— Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill
2 : as a whole They moved the house bodily.

bodily

adjective
bodi·​ly | \ ˈbäd-ᵊl-ē How to pronounce bodily (audio) \

Medical Definition of bodily

: of or relating to the body bodily organs

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