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[kawr-pawr-ee-uh l, -pohr-] /kɔrˈpɔr i əl, -ˈpoʊr-/
of the nature of the physical body; bodily.
material; tangible:
corporeal property.
Origin of corporeal
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin corpore(us) bodily (corpor- (stem of corpus) body + -eus adj. suffix) + -al1
Related forms
corporeality, corporealness, noun
corporeally, adverb
noncorporeal, adjective
noncorporeality, noun
transcorporeal, adjective
Can be confused
corporal, corporeal.
1. spiritual. 2. intangible. Unabridged
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Contemporary Examples
  • To great effect, Cunningham plays with the correspondence between the corporeal and the emotional.

    Great New Reads The Daily Beast October 22, 2010
  • Many of the scenes deal with the grim obsessions of old age: sexual futility, corporeal decrepitude, and death.

    The Nabokov Mess Nathaniel Rich November 21, 2009
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British Dictionary definitions for corporeal


of the nature of the physical body; not spiritual
of a material nature; physical
Derived Forms
corporeality, corporealness, noun
corporeally, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin corporeus, from corpus body
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Word Origin and History for corporeal

early 15c., with adjectival suffix -al (1) + Latin corporeus "of the nature of a body," from corpus "body" (living or dead), from PIE *kwrpes, from root *kwrep- "body, form, appearance," probably from a verbal root meaning "to appear" (cf. Sanskrit krp- "form, body," Avestan kerefsh "form, body," Old English hrif "belly," Old High German href "womb, belly, abdomen").

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corporeal in Medicine

corporeal cor·po·re·al (kôr-pôr'ē-əl)
Of, relating to, or characteristic of the body.

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