- of the human body; bodily; physical: corporal suffering.
- Zoology. of the body proper, as distinguished from the head and limbs.
- personal: corporal possession.
- Obsolete. corporeal; belonging to the material world.
Origin of corporal1
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Examples from the Web for corporally
Is corporally idolatrous, whatever his secret thoughts may be.A Christian Directory
Mary will doubtless be used well, corporally—but oh, the torment of being confined with such despicable companions.The American Prejudice Against Color
William G. Allen
Off goes the child, corporally smarting, but morally rebellious.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition
Robert Louis Stevenson
And at another Time he was corporally present, but they thought, they saw a Spirit.Six Discourses on the Miracles of our Saviour
The only branches of education with which he showed the least acquaintance, were, ruling, and corporally punishing.
- of or relating to the body; bodily
- an obsolete word for corporeal
- a noncommissioned officer junior to a sergeant in the army, air force, or marines
- (in the Royal Navy) a petty officer who assists the master-at-arms
- a white linen cloth on which the bread and wine are placed during the Eucharist
Word Origin and History for corporally
lowest noncommissioned army officer, 1570s, from Middle French corporal, from Italian caporale "a corporal," from capo "chief, head," from Latin caput "head" (see capitulum). So called because he was in charge of a body of troops. Perhaps influenced by Italian corpo, from Latin corps "body." Or corps may be the source and caput the influence, as the OED suggests.
"of or belonging to the body," late 14c., from Old French corporal (12c., Modern French corporel) "of the body, physical, strong," from Latin corporalis "pertaining to the body," from corpus (genitive corporis) "body" (see corps). Corporal punishment "punishment of the body" (as opposed to fine or loss of rank or privilege) is from 1580s. Related: Corporality.