dis·​em·​body ˌdis-əm-ˈbä-dē How to pronounce disembody (audio)
disembodied; disembodying; disembodies

transitive verb

: to divest of a body, of corporeal existence, or of reality

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Their informants are callers, disembodied and sometimes never seen at all. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, 29 May 2020 There were carnival rides, a fun slide, a ball pit inside a giant letter S, and a taco stand underneath a giant disembodied Stormi head with radiating steel tentacles. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, 2 Feb. 2020 Apple released an official trailer for the series Monday, a week after debuting a teaser that consisted of overlapping lines of dialogue from its stars disembodied over images of the empty sets. Danielle Turchiano, chicagotribune.com, 19 Aug. 2019 Her style mirrors life online: fast-paced and disembodied. Maddie Crum, The Seattle Times, 25 June 2018 Her vocals, which are best described as postmodern Ronnie Spector, were disembodied and ominous. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, 26 Apr. 2018 And since language isn’t disembodied, that side-eye given to the speech of young women is also given to the young women themselves. Kory Stamper, The Cut, 29 Jan. 2018 The narrative quickly narrows, homing in on a large house in Cornwall where, on the day before Christmas, an older woman named Sophia Cleves sits in the presence of the disembodied, suspended head of a child. Meg Wolitzer, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2018 The people there had an expansive, natural, spontaneous relationship to God that made his own faith feel intellectual and disembodied by comparison. Josh Rothman, The New Yorker, 21 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disembody was in 1714

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Cite this Entry

“Disembody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disembody. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



dis·​em·​body ˌdis-əm-ˈbäd-ē How to pronounce disembody (audio)
: to deprive of bodily existence
disembodied spirits
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