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bodily

[bod-l-ee] /ˈbɒd l i/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the body.
2.
corporeal or material, as contrasted with spiritual or mental.
adverb
3.
as a physical entity; as a complete physical unit:
The tornado picked him up bodily and threw him against the wall.
4.
in person:
You have to appear bodily at the box office in order to have your reservation confirmed.
Origin of bodily
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, bodily is from the Middle English word bodylich. See body, -ly
Related forms
nonbodily, adjective
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Examples from the Web for bodily
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  • His mental anguish 'was united with bodily illness and suffering.

  • But he was prominent in nothing, for prominence was to him a thing like bodily pain.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • The tail of the Angora serves as a barometer of its bodily and mental condition.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • The sheer power of the American bodily machine, driven by the American will, is magnificent.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • It wears out more quickly than the bodily machine of the Englishman.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
British Dictionary definitions for bodily

bodily

/ˈbɒdɪlɪ/
adjective
1.
relating to or being a part of the human body
adverb
2.
by taking hold of the body: he threw him bodily from the platform
3.
in person; in the flesh
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Word Origin and History for bodily
adj.

c.1300, "pertaining to the body;" also opposed to "spiritual;" from body + -ly (1). As an adverb (with -ly (2)) from late 14c.

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