Definition of corporeal
- … some few traces of a diviner nature which look out through his corporeal baseness …
- —Robert Browning
- corporeal property
the corporeal nature of matter
corporeal cravings such as hunger and thirst
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In various religions, including Christianity, corporeal existence is often called the opposite of spiritual existence, and corporeal existence, unlike spiritual existence, is often said to be contaminated with evil. The word is also often used by philosophers, especially when considering the nature of reality. For lawyers, corporeal describes physical property such as houses or cars, as opposed to something valuable but nonphysical like a good reputation.
: having or consisting of a physical body or form
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