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

animal, carnal, corporal, corporeal, fleshly, material, physical, somatic

Antonyms: Adjective

nonmaterial, nonphysical

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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

Honn was charged with kidnapping, aggravated rape, and assault and battery causing serious bodily harm. BostonGlobe.com, "A death investigation is underway in Lowell, where a man in his 50s died during a violent home invasion Monday afternoon in which a woman was also attacked and held against her will, officials said.," 17 Sep. 2019 The man was charged Sept. 5 in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with child abuse, intentionally causing great bodily harm, a felony. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Wauwatosa man was charged after giving his 17-year-old son a 'whooping' for going to get food, complaint says," 6 Sep. 2019 The Daily Mail state that Boateng is accused of causing dangerous bodily harm to Senler in an incident last year. SI.com, "Jerome Boateng Under Investigation for Aggravated Assault Against Former Fiancee," 4 Sep. 2019 Luck’s retirement demonstrates to the extent to which football and bodily harm remain inseparable, even as the NFL espouses its commitment to player safety. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Andrew Luck Chooses Himself Over the NFL," 26 Aug. 2019 He has been charged with murder, aggravated battery on a person 65 or older, and arson causing great bodily harm. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "911 call released in deadly attack on Boca Raton woman: ‘I heard a lot of screaming’," 21 Aug. 2019 Thao was received by the CDCR on May 20, 2016, from Butte County to serve a six-year sentence for second-degree robbery with force likely to produce great bodily injury. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Inmate from San Mateo County suspected of killing cellmate," 7 Sep. 2019 Rogelio Alberto Guardado has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of a family member causing serious bodily injury, The Houston Chronicle reported, citing Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg. Fox News, "Houston man gets 20 years for running over ex-girlfriend multiple times, prosecutors say," 17 Sep. 2019 Patricia Calhoun-Murdock, 20, is also charged with home invasion causing bodily injury and residential burglary, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office confirms. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "Chicago Woman Allegedly Wore 'Scream' Mask While Stabbing Woman in Home Invasion Attack," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The Cameroon players all went over to their bench, the non-scorer Nchout was in tears and at one point was pulled bodily back into the pitch by her teammates. SI.com, "England Win Over Cameroon Marred by Both Indomitable Lionesses' Antics AND the Reaction to Them," 23 June 2019 Sanda stared at the goop and bodily fluid pool growing around her foot. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A starfighter pilot awakens in an unwelcome future in this excerpt from Velocity Weapon," 11 June 2019 All writers want in some way to move their readers; taking claustrophobia in part as one’s subject allows you to move people bodily, physically, viscerally. Tobias Carroll, Longreads, "‘The Underland Is a Deeply Human Realm’: Getting Down with Robert Macfarlane," 20 June 2019 Yet Missett doesn’t include any of the era’s feminist watersheds that were centrally about women claiming bodily autonomy. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, The Atlantic, "The World That Jazzercise Built," 16 June 2019 Monk and her company’s singing style could be described as bodily, the voice an extension of limbs and emotions. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: ‘Atlas’ needs no words to astonish as the L.A. Phil wraps its centennial season," 12 June 2019 As a conductor, Hannigan throws herself bodily into her interpretations. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: Ojai Music Festival witnesses Barbara Hannigan, Wonder Woman in Wonderland," 10 June 2019 Historically, many such technologies prioritized bodily needs over aesthetics. Joseph F. Coughlin And Luke Yoquinto, WSJ, "Technology for Older People Doesn’t Have to Be Ugly," 14 Oct. 2018 Similar to cleaning bodily fluid stains, try blotting the soiled area with a damp white cotton towel using a mixture of cold water and an enzyme detergent. Gigi Engle, SELF, "7 Tips for Cleaning Up After Sex Gets Messy," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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bodily

adjective

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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