corporeal

adjective
cor·​po·​re·​al | \ kȯr-ˈpȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce corporeal (audio) \

Definition of corporeal

1 : having, consisting of, or relating to a physical material body: such as
a : not spiritual … some few traces of a diviner nature which look out through his corporeal baseness …— Robert Browning
b : not immaterial or intangible : substantial corporeal property
2 archaic : corporal

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Other Words from corporeal

corporeally \ kȯr-​ˈpȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce corporeal (audio) \ adverb
corporealness noun

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material, physical, corporeal, phenomenal, sensible, objective mean of or belonging to actuality. material implies formation out of tangible matter; used in contrast with spiritual or ideal it may connote the mundane, crass, or grasping. material values physical applies to what is perceived directly by the senses and may contrast with mental, spiritual, or imaginary. the physical benefits of exercise corporeal implies having the tangible qualities of a body such as shape, size, or resistance to force. artists have portrayed angels as corporeal beings phenomenal applies to what is known or perceived through the senses rather than by intuition or rational deduction. scientists concerned with the phenomenal world sensible stresses the capability of readily or forcibly impressing the senses. the earth's rotation is not sensible to us objective may stress material or independent existence apart from a subject perceiving it. no objective evidence of damage

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In various religions, including Christianity, corporeal existence is often called the opposite of spiritual existence, and corporeal existence, unlike spiritual existence, is often said to be contaminated with evil. The word is also often used by philosophers, especially when considering the nature of reality. For lawyers, corporeal describes physical property such as houses or cars, as opposed to something valuable but nonphysical like a good reputation.

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the corporeal nature of matter corporeal cravings such as hunger and thirst
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First Known Use of corporeal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corporeal

Middle English corporealle, from Latin corporeus "having a body, physical" (from corpor-, corpus "body" + -eus -eous) + -alle -al entry 1

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“Corporeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corporeal. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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corporeal

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English Language Learners Definition of corporeal

: having or consisting of a physical body or form

corporeal

adjective
cor·​po·​re·​al | \ kȯr-ˈpȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce corporeal (audio) \

Kids Definition of corporeal

: having, consisting of, or relating to a physical body Where was her body? … The corporeal Meg simply was not.— Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

corporeal

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cor·​po·​re·​al | \ kȯr-ˈpōr-ē-əl, -ˈpȯr- How to pronounce corporeal (audio) \

Medical Definition of corporeal

: having, consisting of, or relating to a physical material body

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corporeal

adjective
cor·​po·​re·​al | \ kȯr-ˈpōr-ē-əl How to pronounce corporeal (audio) \

Legal Definition of corporeal

: having, consisting of, or relating to a physical material body — compare incorporeal

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corporeally adverb

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