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

Examples of disembody in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bowie’s version is perfectly disembodied, but Tina turns it into a dramatic, soaring, quasi-rock opera, extending the vocals emotionally and technically in a way that Bowie himself would have struggled with. Caryn Rose, Vulture, 25 May 2023 In 2020, the American artist Sarah Slappey, 39, exhibited a series of surreal canvases in which disembodied arms, creamy lozenges and liquid tendrils collide with petal pink breasts resembling long balloons, complete with puffy areolas and noodle-like, upturned nipples. Zoë Lescaze, New York Times, 16 May 2023 Some were even met with oversized cut-outs of their actual faces, floating disembodied above the crowd. Lane Sainty, The Arizona Republic, 24 Feb. 2023 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

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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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“Disembody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disembody. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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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