corpus vile

corpus vi·​le | \ -ˈvī(ˌ)lē \
plural corpora vilia\ -​ˈvilēə \

Definition of corpus vile

: 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 uponTimes Literary Supplement

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History and Etymology for corpus vile

New Latin, literally, worthless body

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“Corpus vile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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