noun, plural cor·po·ra de·lic·ti /ˈkɔrpərə dɪˈlɪktaɪ/ [kawr-per-uh di-lik-tahy] Show IPA . Law.
the basic element or fact of a crime, as, in murder, the death of the murdered person.
, as the body of a murdered person, upon which
a crime has been committed and that serves as evidence proving that the crime was committed.
1825–35; < Neo-Latin: literally, body of the offense