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[kawrps] /kɔrps/
a dead body, usually of a human being.
something no longer useful or viable:
rusting corpses of old cars.
Obsolete. a human or animal body, whether alive or dead.
Origin of corpse
1225-75; Middle English corps; orig. spelling variant of cors corse but the p is now sounded
Can be confused
core, corp, corps, corpse, corpus.
1. remains, cadaver.
Synonym Study
1. See body. Unabridged
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  • General Littlepage preceded the corpse, carrying a prayer-book.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Ah, butchers, you will drag nothing out of that but her corpse.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • They threw down the corpse, after a glance at the interior, and fled.

  • But now she stood, white as a corpse, in the middle of the room, and wrung her hands.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • After these preparations the corpse was placed in the larder.

British Dictionary definitions for corpse


a dead body, esp of a human being; cadaver
(theatre, slang) to laugh or cause to laugh involuntarily or inopportunely while on stage
Word Origin
C14: from Old French corps body, from Latin corpus body
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Word Origin and History for corpse

1540s, variant spelling of corps (q.v.). The -p- originally was silent, as in French, and with some speakers still is. The terminal -e was rare before 19c. Corpse-candle is attested from 1690s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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corpse in Medicine

corpse (kôrps)

  1. A dead body, especially the dead body of a human.

  2. A cadaver.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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