verb (used with object), dis·em·bod·ied, dis·em·bod·y·ing.

to divest (a soul, spirit, etc.) of a body.

Nearby words

  1. disegno,
  2. disembargo,
  3. disembark,
  4. disembarrass,
  5. disembodied,
  6. disembogue,
  7. disembosom,
  8. disembowel,
  9. disembroil,
  10. disemploy

Origin of disembody

First recorded in 1705–15; dis-1 + embody

Related formsdis·em·bod·i·ment, noun

Can be confuseddisembodied disemboweled dismembered

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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 or -bodied

(tr) to free from the body or from physical form
Derived Formsdisembodiment, noun

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Word Origin and History for disembodied



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

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