Definition of corpse
1 archaic : a human or animal body whether living or dead
2a : a dead body especially of a human beingb : the remains of something discarded or defunct the corpses of rusting cars
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 of corpse from the Web
The Tarrant County District Attorney’s office also worked with members from both parties on legislation that included cracking down on unethical funeral home operators by increasing penalties for abusing a corpse.
Tschaggeny was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on accusations of second-degree theft, tampering with physical evidence and second-degree abuse of a corpse.
So why would the amateur investigator Lord Peter Wimsey and his mystery author bride Harriet Vane assume their country honeymoon in Hertfordshire would be carefree, and corpse-free?
But what begins as one murder becomes two: The killer has bisected two bodies at the waist and has positioned different halves to look like a single corpse.
Live video from the garden showed a steady stream of camera-toting visitors late Wednesday morning viewing the two corpse flowers, named after islands from their native Indonesia.
Ronning and Sandberg wisely lavish attention on the work of their crack visual-effects team, who animate every living corpse with loving detail.
During one scene in the premiere, a naked woman whose body is covered in the verse of Poe stabs herself in the eye with an ice-pick, while the premiere concludes with another corpse whose eyes have been gruesomely gouged.
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Origin and Etymology of corpse
Middle English corps, from Anglo-French cors, corps, from Latin corpus
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
CORPSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of corpse for English Language Learners
: a dead body
CORPSE Defined for Kids
Definition of corpse for Students
: a dead body
Word Root of corpse
The Latin word corpus, meaning “body,” and its form corporis give us the root corp or corpor. Words from the Latin corpus have something to do with the body. Corporal is an adjective describing something that has to do with a person's or animal's body. A corporal is a military officer who leads a body of soldiers. A corporation is a body, or group, of people who run a company. A corpse is a dead body.
Medical Definition of corpse
: a dead body especially of a human being
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