Definition of corpse
1 archaic : a human or animal body whether living or dead
2a : a dead body especially of a human beingb : the remains of something discarded or defunct the corpses of rusting cars
Examples of corpse in a Sentence
a battlefield strewn with corpses
the startling discovery of a corpse required a call to the police
Recent Examples of corpse from the Web
DiNardo is charged with 20 other crimes, including abuse of a corpse, conspiracy and robbery.
Malaysia refused, and soon afterward, local news media reported an attempt by unknown individuals to break into the morgue where the corpse was kept.
Me, the boys, and a cold corpse The Necromancer is more traditionally pet-focused.
In the days following the disaster, journalists and lawyers rushed to pick over the festival’s corpse, churning out stories and lawsuits that painted its organizers as either clueless or fraudulent.
There was the compelling prosaicness of the corpse itself, the way an ordinary dead bird, on a spring morning, as lilacs swayed in the breeze, as other birds chirped, could become unexpectedly touching.
Doug Easton, an attorney hired by Kerrigan, said coroner's officials apparently weren't able to match the corpse's fingerprints through a law enforcement database and instead identified Kerrigan by using an old driver's license photo.
Dassey is serving a life sentence for first-degree intentional homicide, mutilation of a corpse and sexual assault in connection with Halbach’s death in 2005.
A body was found floating in a Central Park pond on Sunday—the third corpse found in the park this year, New York Police Department officials said.
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Origin and Etymology of corpse
Middle English corps, from Anglo-French cors, corps, from Latin corpus
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
CORPSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of corpse for English Language Learners
: a dead body
CORPSE Defined for Kids
Definition of corpse for Students
: a dead body
Word Root of corpse
The Latin word corpus, meaning “body,” and its form corporis give us the root corp or corpor. Words from the Latin corpus have something to do with the body. Corporal is an adjective describing something that has to do with a person's or animal's body. A corporal is a military officer who leads a body of soldiers. A corporation is a body, or group, of people who run a company. A corpse is a dead body.
Medical Definition of corpse
: a dead body especially of a human being
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