corpus vile

noun corpus vi·le \ -ˈvī(ˌ)lē \

Definition of corpus vile

plural corpora vilia \-ˈvilēə\
: something felt to be of so little value that it may be experimented with or upon without concern for loss or damage
  • literature may come to be used as a corpus vile for acute dons to sharpen their wits upon
  • Times Literary Supplement

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Origin and Etymology of corpus vile

New Latin, literally, worthless body


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