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[kawrps] /kɔrps/
a dead body, usually of a human being.
something no longer useful or viable:
rusting corpses of old cars.
Obsolete. a human or animal body, whether alive or dead.
Origin of corpse
1225-75; Middle English corps; orig. spelling variant of cors corse but the p is now sounded
Can be confused
core, corp, corps, corpse, corpus.
1. remains, cadaver. See body. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for corpse
  • However, to get there in one piece required a preserved body, so people who could afford it wished to have their corpse mummified.
  • But this particular caterpillar is already dead, and its corpse has been protected by two unseen and unlikely partners.
  • She had conceived him while she fluttered in the form of a hawk over the corpse of her dead husband.
  • In that case it had as much effect as applying revitalising body cream to a corpse.
  • No, he is dead, his corpse is there to be seen and buried.
  • Bereft of a body, you don't have a vampire anymore, since technically it's a reanimated corpse.
  • Officers searching a coffin and a corpse for contraband.
  • The story of a famous corpse gets a surprising twist.
  • There's something disorientating about seeing a prosthetic corpse being opened up.
  • When it kills, a corpse becomes a lethal and untouchable reservoir of contagion.
British Dictionary definitions for corpse


a dead body, esp of a human being; cadaver
(theatre, slang) to laugh or cause to laugh involuntarily or inopportunely while on stage
Word Origin
C14: from Old French corps body, from Latin corpus body
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Word Origin and History for corpse

1540s, variant spelling of corps (q.v.). The -p- originally was silent, as in French, and with some speakers still is. The terminal -e was rare before 19c. Corpse-candle is attested from 1690s.

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corpse in Medicine

corpse (kôrps)

  1. A dead body, especially the dead body of a human.

  2. A cadaver.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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