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Definition of corpse

1 archaic : a human or animal body whether living or dead
2a : a dead body especially of a human being
b : the remains of something discarded or defunct the corpses of rusting cars

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Synonyms for corpse


bones, cadaver, carcass, corpus, corse [archaic], relics, remains, stiff

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Examples of corpse in a Sentence

a battlefield strewn with corpses the startling discovery of a corpse required a call to the police

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News outlets reported Thursday that 23-year-old Cameron Wright is charged with abuse of a corpse. Fox News, "Hospital security guard charged with having sex with corpse," 24 Aug. 2018 One friend’s corpse has been recovered, and the family is waiting for any news of Mr. Rohan. Jon Emont, WSJ, "Bangladesh Fire Points to Safety Shortfalls Despite Progress in Garment Industry," 22 Feb. 2019 Hare was released and Burke’s corpse was publicly dissected. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 Over the past few years, Blizzard climbed quite the corpse-laden mountain to get this dungeon-crawling game past its troubled 2012 launch. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Diablo III leads our list of older games born anew on Nintendo Switch," 2 Nov. 2018 Never mind the wooden lamp post, rotten, fallen on its face like a corpse in the wet grass, which needs to be cut. Susan Dunne,, "CT Poet To Share Her Beloved's Journey Through Alzheimer's At Sunken Garden Fest," 17 May 2018 Martinez faces charges of criminal facilitation, hindering prosecution, concealment of a human corpse, conspiracy and tampering with physical evidence. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Woman whose body found in bags at NYC parks beaten to death by best friend’s boyfriend, cops say," 30 Aug. 2018 The boy's mother, Rebecca Rivera, 34, and 31-year-old Dania Amezquita Gomez, described in court documents as Rivera's girlfriend, have been arrested on charges of tampering with evidence with the intent to impair a human corpse, records show. Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle, "What we know -- and don't know -- about the 'Little Jacob' case," 21 June 2018 The 16-year-old brother faces charges for first-degree murder, second-degree murder, unlawful removal of a dead body, desecration of a human corpse, and a felony firearm possession charge. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "4 Arrests Have Been Made in Oklahoma Killings of Alize Ramon Smith and Jarron Moreland," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of corpse

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corpse

Middle English cors, corps, borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin corpus "body" — more at midriff

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The first known use of corpse was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of corpse

: a dead body


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Kids Definition of corpse

: a dead body


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Medical Definition of corpse

: a dead body especially of a human being

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