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[bod-ee-lis, -i-lis] /ˈbɒd i lɪs, -ɪ lɪs/
having no body or material form; incorporeal; disembodied.
Origin of bodiless
First recorded in 1350-1400, bodiless is from the Middle English word bodiles. See body, -less
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bodilessness, noun Unabridged
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  • I am a bodiless spirit,' was the answer, 'the voice of one that is gone.

    The Witch of Salem John R. Musick
  • Hath it flesh that decays; is it not a spirit,—bodiless, indissoluble?

    The Pilgrims Of The Rhine Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Nay, was it all only a useless after-death, a wan, bodiless after-death?

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • He had passively accepted the bodiless conversation, because it was at least intelligible!

    Under the Redwoods Bret Harte
  • No nation then imagined a bodiless god, and it is impossible to picture him as such.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • There they are shadowed by the ghostly forms of menacing, bodiless shapes!

    The Swiss Family Robinson Johann David Wyss
  • According to his doctrine, "Angels as well as God are bodiless beings."

  • I saw a hand, a bodiless hand, holding a white sheet of paper.'

  • But there was no visible person to receive the salute; the voice was bodiless.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • Such signs are material symbols of their bodiless existence.

    Four Weird Tales Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for bodiless


having no body or substance; incorporeal or insubstantial
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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