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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

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Nicolas runs back to town to tell his mother that there is a corpse in the ocean. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Évolution Is the Weirdest Sci-Fi Movie on Netflix," 23 June 2018 Yust is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abandonment of a corpse in the deaths of Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Kylr Yust arraigned for the murders of Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions," 18 June 2018 The 22-year-old — who does not have a criminal record in Florida — is facing charges of premeditated murder and abusing a corpse in the June 4 killing. Linda Trischitta,, "Man killed pregnant wife and kept body in his apartment for 8 days, detectives believe," 14 June 2018 In 2016, Columbia University’s Brian Metzger proposed that perhaps Tabby’s Star had recently pulverized a rocky planet or woebegotten moon that came too close, leaving a dusty, disconnected corpse in orbit. National Geographic, "Mystery of 'Alien Megastructure' Star Has Been Cracked," 3 Jan. 2018 The corpse in the side-view mirror in a Diana Dowek painting sneaked up on and then winded me. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018 Near the headless corpse, investigators discovered a bunker containing supplies, guns and ammo dug into the hillside. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Man on the run charged with murder after his DNA was found on samurai sword believed to be used to behead woman: police," 30 June 2018 More: Detroit crime map allows public to see where and when crimes were committed More: Detroit making 'steady progress' against violent crime, police chief says Neighbors told Fox 2 Detroit that an employee of S and J meats found the corpse. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "24 hours in Detroit: Mutilated body, fatal shooting and carjacking," 30 June 2018 When officers wheeled out the corpse on a stretcher, covered in canvas, the man’s uncle ran toward them. Christina Tkacik,, "Man's body found in arabber stable in West Baltimore," 15 June 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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