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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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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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But while the other houseguests assumed this was Dan’s way of making amends and saying goodbye, the corpse-to-be had something far more ruthless in mind, delivering a speech that brought tears, anger, confusion, and all-around chaos. Dalton Ross,, "Dan's funeral: An oral history of the greatest Big Brother moment ever," 29 Aug. 2019 The corpse, with its disfigured face and several missing fingers and toes, is soon identified as a Nepalese sherpa. Richard Lipez, Dallas News, "Lisbeth Salander is back -- and angrier than ever," 26 Aug. 2019 Caesar famously marched at the head of the king’s funeral procession, irritating the king’s nephew Kaiser Wilhelm II, who felt that the dog upstaged both him and the corpse. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Dog Days of Summer? Visit the New Museum of the Dog," 24 Aug. 2019 While exhumations were not all carried out in the same manner, the general idea was to dig up the corpse to stop its nefarious activity. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New England ‘Vampire’ Was Likely a Farmer Named John," 5 Aug. 2019 Joggers spotted the corpse near Seacoast Drive and Palm Avenue about 7:20 a.m., a sheriff’s official said. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Body found along Imperial Beach coast; foul play not suspected," 4 Aug. 2019 The puffy corpse slumped over the chair had no eyes, nose or mouth – just hair on a skull, and bones sticking out from under a red sweater and plaid pants. Tresa Baldas, USA TODAY, "80-year-old woman lived in filth. Nobody knew until she was found dead, eaten by her dog.," 1 Aug. 2019 The university's ground crew builds the cages that go over top of the bodies to make sure large scavengers don't get to the corpse while scientists are studying it. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Bodies are studied, not buried at Northern Michigan University's cemetery," 19 July 2019 The Castaño family had paid a sizable ransom—which the guerrillas accepted, even though the father had already died of a heart attack while in captivity, so that what Fidel Castaño and his family received in exchange for their money was a corpse. Alma Guillermoprieto, The New York Review of Books, "A Reporting Life in Latin America," 6 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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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