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

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

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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Examples from the Web for disembodied

Contemporary Examples of disembodied

Historical Examples of disembodied

  • They stood for a moment like disembodied spirits, creatures of the night and the fog.

  • 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 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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