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

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1. See physical.

Antonyms for corporeal

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Related Words for corporeality

thing, material, element, phenomenon, matter, truth, existence, sensibility, realism, point, information, piece, word, business, anything, concept, object, person, everything, stuff

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Historical Examples of corporeality

  • God I characterized as individual entity, but his corporeality I denied.

    The Church of St. Bunco

    Gordon Clark

  • God I characterized as individual entity, but His corporeality I denied.

  • The latter becomes rigid and assumes a covering, thickness and corporeality so that it can be perceived by sight.

  • This form of corporeality makes the prime matter corporeal substance.

  • Four things must be removed from God: corporeality, affection, potentiality, resemblance to his creatures.

British Dictionary definitions for corporeality


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

Word Origin for corporeal

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



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").

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

corporeality in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the body.
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