\ ˈkȯrps How to pronounce corpse (audio) \

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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It was carved into a copse of trees, but today there is no trace, not even a corpse of the court. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Home to McGinnis, Mount and the greatest pick-up basketball in Indiana," 10 July 2019 He was found guilty of one count related to posing with an enemy corpse. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy SEALs who testified against their chief say case exposes cracks in military justice system," 7 July 2019 The corpse was identified by soldiers who recognized a distinctive boot Kellogg wore. Patrick Springer / Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Along with Custer, a Pioneer Press contributor met his end 143 years ago at Battle of the Little Bighorn," 6 July 2019 One image shows him clutching the hair of the corpse with one hand and holding a knife in another. John Antczak,, "Navy SEAL acquitted of murder, convicted for posing with victim," 3 July 2019 One image shows him clutching the hair of the corpse with one hand and holding a knife in another. CBS News, "Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher sentenced for posing with corpse of ISIS fighter," 3 July 2019 Clarissa Bahamonde was arrested June 25 and charged with abuse of a corpse without legal authority. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Conroe woman facing felony charges after allegedly flushing landlord's mother's remains down toilet," 2 July 2019 Responding paramedics were unable to detect a heartbeat, and likely did not want to disturb the apparent corpse, the Times reported. Char Adams,, "'Dead Baby' That Prompted Massive NYC Crime Scene Turns Out to Be Doll," 19 June 2019 Ellis's body was discovered May 24, while Harrison's corpse was found March 19. Corey Williams, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit hurries to board vacant houses after serial slayings," 13 June 2019

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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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