Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or characteristic of the body. synonym: bodily.
  • adjective Existing or manifesting in bodily form.
  • adjective Of a material nature; tangible.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of a material or physical nature; having the characteristics of a material body; not mental or spiritual in constitution.
  • Relating to a material body or material things; relating to that which is physical: as, corporeal rights.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having a body; consisting of, or pertaining to, a material body or substance; material; -- opposed to spiritual or immaterial.
  • adjective such as may be seen and handled (as opposed to incorporeal, which can not be seen or handled, and exists only in contemplation).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective material; tangible; physical
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the body; bodily.
  • adjective archaic Corporal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having material or physical form or substance
  • adjective affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin corporeus, from corpus, corpor-, body; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin corporeus, from corpus ("body"); compare corporal.

Examples

  • Since the belief that God became man is central to Christianity, such a remark must be aimed at the various attempts to either reduce or eliminate the mystery of God, often taken to the point where "God" is simply identified as man's projection: "Those who have no desires have no gods either," claimed Feuerbach, "Gods are mens wishes in corporeal form" (quoted by de Lubac in The Drama of Atheist Humanism).

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  • Since the belief that God became man is central to Christianity, such a remark must be aimed at the various attempts to either reduce or eliminate the mystery of God, often taken to the point where "God" is simply identified as man's projection: "Those who have no desires have no gods either," claimed Feuerbach, "Gods are mens wishes in corporeal form" (quoted by de Lubac in The Drama of Atheist Humanism).

    Ecumenism

  • Brydon looked down, surprised to find himself in corporeal form.

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  • Since the belief that God became man is central to Christianity, such a remark must be aimed at the various attempts to either reduce or eliminate the mystery of God, often taken to the point where "God" is simply identified as man's projection: "Those who have no desires have no gods either," claimed Feuerbach, "Gods are mens wishes in corporeal form" (quoted by de Lubac in The Drama of Atheist Humanism).

    Pentecost in the East

  • Which leaves you to believe the his father is alive and in corporeal form.

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  • The importance of William of Norwich to his aunt Liviva is made apparent in corporeal manifestations of the pain she feels: "A cold shiver invaded her innermost marrow, her face grew pale, her mind fled along with her blood, and as if dead she fell from the hands of the bystanders to the ground."

    A Tender Age: Cultural Anxieties over the Child in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

  • Philoponus, in contrast, arrives at something he calls corporeal extension (sômatikón diástêma), which is a composite of Neoplatonic prime matter and indeterminate quantity and must not be confused with Philoponian space.

    John Philoponus

  • The expression corporeal world includes the celestial spheres and all which is under them.

    A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy

  • In some instances, but not always, in corporeal strength: in activity of mind, she is his equal.

    Letter to the Women of England, on the Injustice of Mental Subordination

  • In some instances, but not always, in corporeal strength: in activity of mind, she is his equal.

    Letter to the Women of England, on the Injustice of Mental Subordination

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