\ˈkȯrps \

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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The corpse also shows evidence that the soldier survived the loss of his arm, showing signs of healing and a reduction in bone mass as the man used his injured arm less. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Man With a Knife for an Arm," 14 Aug. 2018 Many of them were nursing pups; one corpse was a pregnant female. New York Times, "The Green-Feathered Terror That Slaughtered Bats in Spain," 10 May 2018 Another corpse is that of a teenage boy who tripped backwards over another body, likely from a killing blow. Smithsonian, "1,500-Year-Old Massacre Unearthed in Sweden," 2 May 2018 It was found 14 hours later, when the neighbors went to use their hot tub and found their dog sniffing the corpse. Chris Harris,, "'I Just Got Rid of It:' Mom Charged With Murder After Allegedly Tossing Newborn Onto Neighbor's Deck," 22 Mar. 2018 The group pauses at the nearest village and learn that the corpse is that of young Orlando Whitbread. Adam Woog, The Seattle Times, "Cozy up with cozy mysteries," 26 Jan. 2018 The Broncos, on the other hand, were relying on a historically good defense to carry Peyton Manning’s corpse into the big game. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "6 Super Bowls where the best team lost," 24 Jan. 2018 Several months later, a clan of grave robbers exhumed the film star’s corpse from his grave. Paula Mejia, Newsweek, "Five Strange Facts About Charlie Chaplin," 16 Apr. 2015 Jet Magazine and The Chicago Defender published photos of Emmett’s corpse, his body in a dark suit and white shirt, his face grotesque. Mary Schmich,, "The painful and necessary growth Emmett Till gave us," 13 July 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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