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corporeal

[kawr-pawr-ee-uh l, -pohr-]
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adjective
  1. of the nature of the physical body; bodily.
  2. material; tangible: corporeal property.

Origin of corporeal

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin corpore(us) bodily (corpor- (stem of corpus) body + -eus adj. suffix) + -al1
Related formscor·po·re·al·i·ty, cor·po·re·al·ness, nouncor·po·re·al·ly, adverbnon·cor·po·re·al, adjectivenon·cor·po·re·al·i·ty, nountrans·cor·po·re·al, adjective
Can be confusedcorporal corporeal

Synonyms

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1. See physical.

Antonyms

1. spiritual. 2. intangible.
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Examples from the Web for corporeally

Historical Examples

  • A man may corporeally be in his closet, yet his spirit may run to the Malakt and the Jabrt.

    Letters from a Sf Teacher

    Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner

  • Men, he argued, were possessed by the devil, corporeally and spiritually.

  • It is exceedingly hard to be corporeally in the world and to be at the same time mentally away from it.

    Letters from a Sf Teacher

    Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner

  • When the latter knows them, she becomes identical with them spiritually and not corporeally.

  • The commentators dispute whether the journey to heaven was corporeally performed, or merely in a vision.


British Dictionary definitions for corporeally

corporeal

adjective
  1. of the nature of the physical body; not spiritual
  2. of a material nature; physical
Derived Formscorporeality or corporealness, nouncorporeally, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin corporeus, from corpus body
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Word Origin and History for corporeally

corporeal

adj.

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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

corporeally in Medicine

corporeal

(kôr-pôrē-əl)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the body.
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