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

It can be transmitted via bodily secretions (as can chlamydia and gonorrhea), but the infection doesn’t present in your skin the way HPV or herpes does, SELF explained previously. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "The FDA Just Approved the First Test for Mycoplasma Genitalium, a Commonly Misdiagnosed STI," 1 Feb. 2019 The body has yet to set a protocol for how to protect voters from Ebola, which is spread through bodily fluids, in crowded polling stations. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "Congo’s President Plans to Leave Office, but Not Politics," 10 Dec. 2018 Hepatitis B can spread through bodily fluids, like if you get pricked with a needle that still contains blood from a person who has the illness. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "9 Smart Questions to Ask Before Getting a Tattoo," 9 Nov. 2018 And bodily fluids or open wounds could conceivably carry those things. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "These 3D X-rays are spectacular and really gross," 14 Aug. 2018 On Tuesday, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, from Calgary, Alberta, pleaded guilty to 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and 13 multiple counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily injury. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canadian Truck Driver Pleads Guilty in Deadly Hockey Bus Crash," 8 Jan. 2019 There is nothing that coaches love more than the selfless act of drawing a charge—when a player on defense sets his feet long enough to let another player inflict bodily harm in the hopes that a referee will call an offensive foul. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Few. The Proud. The Players Who Have Been Run Over by Zion Williamson.," 5 Dec. 2018 The sisters claim someone from Cardi B’s crew threw bottles and chairs at them, causing bodily harm. Fox News, "Cardi B will reportedly turn herself into police after strip club fight," 1 Oct. 2018 This ends up being a crucial point in the story during which Camille's bodily harm is revealed to the women in her family. Perrie Samotin, Glamour, "The Thing I'll Miss Most About Sharp Objects? Amy Adams' Hair," 26 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 Medical literature is littered with strange cases of humans doing ridiculous things, and doctors trying to clean up the resulting bodily messes. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "A history of body horrors from distended scrotums to exploding teeth," 6 Dec. 2018 The disease causes internal bleeding and spreads rapidly through contact with small amounts of bodily fluid. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "First confirmed urban Ebola case is a ‘game changer’ in Congo outbreak," 17 May 2018 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

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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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