[ kawr-pawr-ee-uhl, -pohr- ]
See synonyms for: corporealcorporealitycorporeally on

  1. of the nature of the physical body; bodily.

  2. material; tangible: corporeal property.

Origin of corporeal

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin corpore(us) “bodily” (corpor- (stem of corpus “body”) + -eus adjective suffix) + -al1

synonym study For corporeal

1. See physical.

Opposites for corporeal

Other words from corporeal

  • cor·po·re·al·i·ty, cor·po·re·al·ness, noun
  • cor·po·re·al·ly, adverb
  • non·cor·po·re·al, adjective
  • non·cor·po·re·al·i·ty, noun
  • trans·cor·po·re·al, adjective

Words that may be confused with corporeal

Words Nearby corporeal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use corporeal in a sentence

  • To great effect, Cunningham plays with the correspondence between the corporeal and the emotional.

    Great New Reads | The Daily Beast | October 23, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Many of the scenes deal with the grim obsessions of old age: sexual futility, corporeal decrepitude, and death.

    The Nabokov Mess | Nathaniel Rich | November 22, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Just corporeal enough to attest humanity, yet sufficiently transparent to let the celestial origin shine through.

    Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
  • The inner workings of their corporeal mechanism is no mystery for him.

    Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
  • He often saw the Holy Virgin in corporeal presence, and heard her speech and savoured the divine odours of her glorified body.

  • Those only who are freed from material bonds can be conscious of their extra-corporeal existence and immortality.

    Urania | Camille Flammarion
  • An angel in theory, the corporeal woman is soundly rated if dinner is late, or a room unswept.

    Alone | Marion Harland

British Dictionary definitions for corporeal


/ (kɔːˈpɔːrɪəl) /

  1. of the nature of the physical body; not spiritual

  2. of a material nature; physical

Origin of corporeal

C17: from Latin corporeus, from corpus body

Derived forms of corporeal

  • corporeality or corporealness, noun
  • corporeally, adverb

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