Origin and Etymology of corporal
Examples of corporal in a Sentence
started to suffer the corporal ailments that come with advancing age
The Various Uses of corporal
The adjective corporal today usually appears in the phrase corporal punishment, which means "bodily punishment". This used to include such acts as mutilation, branding, imprisonment, and even death. But today execution comes under the separate heading of "capital punishment", which originally involved losing your head (capit- meaning "head"). Milder forms of corporal punishment are used by American parents, and were once common in schools as well. Corporal is occasionally used in other ways; in the traditional church, the "corporal works of mercy" include seven helpful acts such as sheltering the homeless and burying the dead. Corporal as a military rank actually comes from caporal—which has the same root as capital.
Synonymsanimal, bodily, carnal, physical, corporeal, fleshly, material, somatic
Related Wordsanatomic (or anatomical), physiological (or physiologic); sensual, sensuous; hand-to-hand
Near Antonymscerebral, inner, intellectual, mental, psychological (also psychologic); bodiless, immaterial, incorporeal, insubstantial, spiritual; ethereal, metaphysical, psychic (also psychical)
Definition of corporal
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