corpse

noun
\ 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

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Distinguishing Between Core and Corps and Corpse and Corp

Core and corps sound identical but are distinct words with distinct meanings. Core is most familiar used as a noun referring to the central or most important part of something (“the core of the issue,” “the Earth’s core”) or to the usually inedible central part of a fruit (“an apple core”). Corps has several meanings, all of which refer to some kind of group: “the Marine Corps,” “the press corps.” Corpse refers to a dead body, and especially to the dead body of a human. Corp is an abbreviation for “corporation” and “corporal.” Corp, corps, and corpse all trace back to the Latin word corpus, meaning “body.” The origin of core is obscure.

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 Smothers, 40, and Samantha Lee Johnson, 32, were charged in January with murder, kidnapping, assault and abuse of a corpse, among other counts, with each ordered to be held on $1 million bail. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "The wrong guy: Charges will be dropped against 1 man in brutal torture-murder case," 26 Mar. 2021 Both face multiple counts of gross abuse of a corpse, child endangering, kidnapping, abduction and tampering with evidence. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Docs: Middletown mother hog-tied and gagged her children before 6-year-old was killed," 24 Mar. 2021 Hamilton is charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio woman accused of killing 6-year-old son might plead insanity, records show," 19 Mar. 2021 Lovrien faces two counts of second-degree murder, one count of abuse of a corpse and six counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Gillian Flaccus, Star Tribune, "Oregon man charged in 2 killings that were 2 decades apart," 11 Mar. 2021 Lovrien, 53, is facing two counts of second-degree murder, one count of abuse of a corpse, and six counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. oregonlive, "Portland man charged in 2 cold case homicides; more victims suspected," 11 Mar. 2021 She and Hamilton were charged with abuse of a corpse and and tampering with evidence, according to police. Wilson Wong, NBC News, "Mom reports 6-year-old missing, but police say she ran him over and threw him in the Ohio River," 2 Mar. 2021 Her boyfriend, 42-year-old James Hamilton, was charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Mother charged with killing 6-year-old son and throwing body into Ohio River," 2 Mar. 2021 Hamilton, 42, is charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. David Aaro, Fox News, "Ohio boy, 6, killed after mom allegedly ran him over with car: report," 2 Mar. 2021

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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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4 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Corpse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corpse. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for corpse

corpse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of corpse

: a dead body

corpse

noun
\ ˈkȯrps How to pronounce corpse (audio) \

Kids Definition of corpse

: a dead body

corpse

noun
\ ˈkȯ(ə)rps How to pronounce corpse (audio) \

Medical Definition of corpse

: a dead body especially of a human being

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