bodily

adjective
bodi·ly | \ ˈbä-də-lē \

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

Even though some of those with AIDS had been dead for weeks or even months, the crews still feared being infected by bodily fluids. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "Dead of AIDS and Forgotten in Potter’s Field," 3 July 2018 Hepatitis B travels through infected blood, semen, or other bodily fluids. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hepatitis outbreaks: 10 things to know about the liver disease," 15 June 2018 His legs are not swollen, indicating that the heart is pumping strongly enough to circulate his blood and other bodily fluids. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "He had 2 heart transplants. At 43, as a new dad, he needed a third," 13 June 2018 The virus is passed in bodily fluids such as blood, feces and sweat – all of which can be on the bodies of patients suffering from the virus. NBC News, "Winning hearts and minds in the newest Ebola zone," 9 June 2018 Ebola virus spreads through direct contact with either bodily fluids or objects contaminated by someone ill with the disease, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Ebola outbreak in DRC is 'ongoing' but WHO is 'cautiously optimistic'," 8 June 2018 Atshan faces felony charges for discharging bodily fluids and threatening a law enforcement officer. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oak Creek man threatened to 'execute' Greendale police officers and their families, report says," 7 June 2018 Through investigation, researchers found that these pots were contaminated by fruit bats, who spread the virus through saliva and other bodily fluids. Daniel Fernandez, Smithsonian, "How Globalization Changed the Way We Fight Disease," 4 June 2018 The hormones and bodily fluids of the show surge from swim teammates Ester (Grace Ng) and Amy (Martha Brigham). Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Young womanhood sopping wet with bodily fluids in Shotgun’s ‘Dry Land’," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The first is excessive use, sometimes associated with a loss of sense of time or an (occasionally fatal) neglect of basic needs such as food, drink, bodily evacuation, and sleep. Vivek Wadhwa And Alex Salkever, WIRED, "How Can We Make Technology Healthier for Humans?," 26 June 2018 Assembly Bill 71, authored by Assemblyman Freddy Rodriguez, D-Pomona, requires California law enforcement agencies to report use-of-force incidents that result in seriously bodily injury, death or involve the discharge of a firearm. Angela Hart, sacbee, "California police killed more than 170 civilians in 2017," 10 July 2018 Natural lube Blood is a bodily fluid ulike anything else that comes out of our genitals, peeps. Arielle Egozi, Harper's BAZAAR, "4 Reasons Why Period Sex is Actually the Best Sex," 6 July 2018 Along the shaded, boutique storefronts and cafes in Poblado, the only bodily fluid being spilled is the vomit of inebriated foreigners. Steven Cohen, The New Republic, "Why Colombia Keeps Electing Presidents Tied to Murderers," 18 June 2018 Months later, after taking over the case from San Antonio police, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office filed an assault/bodily injury charge against one of its own. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "DA dismissed charge against deputy," 12 June 2018 That means that laser treatments would be more obvious to the public than both bodily cosmetic surgeries and even eyelid surgeries, which can be easily obscured by sunglasses. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Hypothetically Speaking, Would 24 Days Be a Normal Plastic Surgery Recovery Time?," 5 June 2018 It is transmitted when blood, semen or other bodily fluid from an infected person enters the body of an uninfected person. USA TODAY, "5 kinds of hepatitis all attack one organ in the body," 29 May 2018 But Toller’s health is failing in all ways — bodily, emotionally, and spiritually. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke, is bruising, vital, and one of the year’s best films," 25 May 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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of bodily 

: of or relating to the body bodily organs

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