corpus delicti love

Definitions

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

  • noun Law The corroborating evidence that shows that a crime has been committed, other than a confession or an alleged accomplice's statement.
  • noun A corpse.

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  • noun law The body of the victim
  • noun law The evidence that a crime has occurred.

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  • noun the body of evidence that constitute the offence; the objective proof that a crime has been committed (sometimes mistakenly thought to refer to the body of a homicide victim)

Etymologies

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

[New Latin corpus dēlictī : Latin corpus, body, collection of facts + Latin dēlictī, genitive of dēlictum, crime.]

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From New Latin, from Latin corpus ("body") dēlictī ("of crime").

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  • Latin: "the body of offense". In law, this refers to the facts and circumstances constituting a breach of the law. In popular usage, however, this can mean the concrete evidence, such as a corpse.

    March 6, 2009

  • Delictum "offence, transgression" is from the past participle of delinquere "transgress", so is related to 'delinquent'. And, if it comes to that, to 'leave' and 'eleven'.

    March 6, 2009