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

Definition of disembody

transitive verb

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

Examples of disembody in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her style mirrors life online: fast-paced and disembodied. Maddie Crum, The Seattle Times, "What is a woman’s body worth in America?," 25 June 2018 Her vocals, which are best described as postmodern Ronnie Spector, were disembodied and ominous. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, "U.S. Girls Isn’t Selling Out—She’s Just Writing Bops," 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, "The 300-Year History of Using ‘Literally’ Figuratively," 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, "Beware of Family Members Bearing Gifts," 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, "Rod Dreher’s Monastic Vision," 21 Apr. 2017 The series reaches an apotheosis of banal profundity with an image of Snoopy reclining on his master’s disembodied, planet-like head. Martha Schwendener And Will Heinrich, New York Times, "A Fatigue-Free Guide to Frieze New York," 4 May 2017 A low-res picture of a Jasper Johns flag painting manages to register the disembodying effect of digital photography without attaching critique, suggesting that Ethridge’s equanimity is a conviction in its own right. The New Yorker, "Roe Ethridge," 31 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of disembody

1714, in the meaning defined above

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“Disembody.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disembodying. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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