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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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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 on the Web Aguilar was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree felony tampering/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair a human corpse. Fox News, "Sister and family attorney of slain Texas soldier Vanessa Guillen call for congressional investigation," 4 July 2020 The image showed his corpse, his face battered and bruised, his mouth hanging open. Washington Post, "Families of Syria detainees hope for news amid US sanctions," 4 July 2020 She has been charged with tampering or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair a human corpse. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Human remains found in search for Vanessa Guillen have not "been positively identified"," 2 July 2020 He was held during a standoff between police and protesters who were tryng to stop Hachula's corpse from leaving the capital, according to Tasew. CNN, "Slain Ethiopian activist and singer buried as 81 killed in protests," 2 July 2020 Slaton is now charged with gross abuse of a corpse, failure to report a crime or death and tampering with evidence. The Enquirer, "Police: Man tosses barrel with woman's body in it over fence as officers investigate," 1 July 2020 In recent weeks, astronomers have been monitoring strange, high-energy emissions from the corpse of a long-dead star some 30,000 light-years away. Nadia Drake, Scientific American, "‘Magnetic Star’ Radio Waves Could Solve the Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts," 5 May 2020 Or the time a rat died and its corpse melted into the asphalt, turning everyone's stomachs for weeks. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Quarantined in New York, We Escape Skyward," 23 June 2020 For a $4 bribe, he's granted a look at poor little Charlie Dodson's pre-autopsy corpse. Matt Cabral,, "Perry Mason series premiere recap: Gritty reboot gets off to gruesome start," 22 June 2020

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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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8 Jul 2020

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“Corpse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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