corporeal

adjective cor·po·re·al \ kȯr-ˈpȯr-ē-əl \

Definition of corporeal

1 :having, consisting of, or relating to a physical material body: such as
a :not spiritual
  • … some few traces of a diviner nature which look out through his corporeal baseness …
  • —Robert Browning
b :not immaterial or intangible :substantial
  • corporeal property
2 archaic :corporal

corporeally

play \kȯr-ˈpȯr-ē-ə-lē\ adverb

corporealness

noun

Examples of corporeal in a Sentence

  1. the corporeal nature of matter

  2. 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.

Origin and Etymology of corporeal

Middle English, from Latin corporeus of the body, from corpor-, corpus — see corpus

Synonym Discussion of corporeal

material, physical, corporeal, phenomenal, sensible, objective mean of or belonging to actuality. material implies formation out of tangible matter; used in contrast with spiritual or ideal it may connote the mundane, crass, or grasping.
    • material values
physical applies to what is perceived directly by the senses and may contrast with mental, spiritual, or imaginary.
    • the physical benefits of exercise
corporeal implies having the tangible qualities of a body such as shape, size, or resistance to force.
    • artists have portrayed angels as corporeal beings
phenomenal applies to what is known or perceived through the senses rather than by intuition or rational deduction.
    • scientists concerned with the phenomenal world
sensible stresses the capability of readily or forcibly impressing the senses.
    • the earth's rotation is not sensible to us
objective may stress material or independent existence apart from a subject perceiving it.
    • no objective evidence of damage

CORPOREAL Defined for English Language Learners

corporeal

adjective

Definition of corporeal for English Language Learners

  • : having or consisting of a physical body or form


CORPOREAL Defined for Kids

corporeal

adjective cor·po·re·al \ kȯr-ˈpȯr-ē-əl \

Definition of corporeal for Students

:having, consisting of, or relating to a physical body
  • Where was her body? … The corporeal Meg simply was not.
  • —Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

Medical Dictionary

corporeal

adjective cor·po·re·al \ kȯr-ˈpōr-ē-əl, -ˈpȯr- \

medical Definition of corporeal

:having, consisting of, or relating to a physical material body

Law Dictionary

corporeal

adjective cor·po·re·al \ kȯr-ˈpōr-ē-əl \

legal Definition of corporeal

:having, consisting of, or relating to a physical material body — compare incorporeal

corporeally

adverb


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