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[dis-em-bod-ee] /ˌdɪs ɛmˈbɒd i/
verb (used with object), disembodied, disembodying.
to divest (a soul, spirit, etc.) of a body.
Origin of disembody
First recorded in 1705-15; dis-1 + embody
Related forms
disembodiment, noun
Can be confused
disembodied, disemboweled, dismembered. Unabridged
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  • They stood for a moment like disembodied spirits, creatures of the night and the fog.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • So the factor had had his sign, and had looked upon his disembodied soul with his own eyes.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • Has the devil in this respect a greater power than an angel and a disembodied soul?

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • He felt suddenly strange to the earth, like a disembodied spirit.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • He felt suddenly a stranger to the earth like a disembodied spirit.

    The Point Of Honor Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for disembodied


lacking a body or freed from the body; incorporeal
lacking in substance, solidity, or any firm relation to reality


verb -bodies, -bodying, -bodied
(transitive) to free from the body or from physical form
Derived Forms
disembodiment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disembodied

1742, past participle adjective from disembody (1714), from dis- "not" + embody. Related: Disembodiment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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