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

Now a partner at Werksman, Jackson, Hathaway & Quinn, Jackson has represented clients such as a nurse specializing in administering Botox who was accused of causing bodily injury and battery and an NBA player who was accused of domestic violence. Sarah Wu, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s what you need to know about Kevin Spacey’s lawyer, Alan Jackson," 9 July 2019 Dosoqui faces two counts each of murder, use of a deadly weapon and infliction of great bodily injury. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Skyline stabbing suspect asks to represent himself in trial," 7 July 2019 The driver of the other vehicle was ticketed for careless driving with serious bodily injury, according to the police report. Fox News, "Drunken driver leaves Disney intern paralyzed after car crash," 7 July 2019 Hector Manuel Ulloa, 51, is also being accused by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office of using a glass bottle in the attack and causing great bodily injury. Andy Nguyen, latimes.com, "Man suspected of brutal attack in Burbank charged with attempted murder," 3 July 2019 The criminal complaint charges the defendant with seven counts, including torture, rape and inflicting great bodily injury, including by using a knife, court records show. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "California investigators kept DNA from 3 violent crime scenes for decades. A suspect was just arrested in Georgia," 3 July 2019 The Washington Post reports that Thomas Hawks pleaded guilty Monday in Prince George's County court to charges of vehicular manslaughter and causing serious bodily injury while driving drunk. Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland man pleads guilty to drunken crash that killed 3 children," 2 July 2019 Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Friday that Adams had been charged with two counts of felony battery resulting in moderate injury as well as misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury, battery and disorderly conduct. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Judge charged in White Castle fight is healing, preparing for legal battle," 1 July 2019 He had already been arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, DUI with serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI with property damage, but had been released after posting bond. Jeff Weiner, orlandosentinel.com, "Man accused in hit-and-run that killed UCF student London Harrell arrested on homicide charges," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 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

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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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