cor·​po·​re·​al | \ kȯr-ˈpȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce corporeal (audio) \

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

Other Words from corporeal

corporeally \ kȯr-​ˈpȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce corporeal (audio) \ adverb
corporealness noun

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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

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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.

Examples of corporeal in a Sentence

the corporeal nature of matter corporeal cravings such as hunger and thirst
Recent Examples on the Web According to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult can safely consume up to 400 milligrams of caffeine per day before vibrating to a plane of non-corporeal existence. Max Falkowitz, Bon Appétit, 5 May 2022 The show imagines a future 15 years from now, in which people can live beyond their corporeal bodies by uploading their consciousness into a visual afterworld. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 31 Mar. 2022 Somehow, Fauci has become the Greatest Living Human Being, a corporeal blend of St Francis, Mother Teresa and the Buddha. Bob Guccione Jr, SPIN, 17 Jan. 2022 In a crowded field of novel-manifestos about the indignity of parenting, Nightbitch is primal and corporeal, a labor scream of a book. Hillary Kelly, Vulture, 15 Dec. 2021 Will that category one day include robots, cyborgs, artificial intelligences, even non-corporeal forms of life? Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Dec. 2021 During the race, Eledge drew scrutiny over a series of controversial social media posts, including one that denounced mask-wearing and made light of corporeal punishment as a parenting tool. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Nov. 2021 In Silicon Valley, immortality is sometimes elevated to the status of a corporeal goal. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 25 May 2021 Our digital versions of our corporeal bodies are a form, if not the form, of human expression and experience. Frederick Daso, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of corporeal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corporeal

Middle English corporealle, from Latin corporeus "having a body, physical" (from corpor-, corpus "body" + -eus -eous) + -alle -al entry 1

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“Corporeal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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cor·​po·​re·​al | \ kȯr-ˈpȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce corporeal (audio) \

Kids Definition of corporeal

: 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


cor·​po·​re·​al | \ kȯr-ˈpōr-ē-əl, -ˈpȯr- How to pronounce corporeal (audio) \

Medical Definition of corporeal

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


cor·​po·​re·​al | \ kȯr-ˈpōr-ē-əl How to pronounce corporeal (audio) \

Legal Definition of corporeal

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

Other Words from corporeal

corporeally adverb

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