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[dis-em-bod-ee] /ˌdɪs ɛmˈbɒd i/
verb (used with object), disembodied, disembodying.
to divest (a soul, spirit, etc.) of a body.
Origin of disembody
1705-15; dis-1 + embody
Related forms
disembodiment, noun
Can be confused
disembodied, disemboweled, dismembered. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disembodied
  • Computing power will become more and more disembodied and will be consumed where and when it is needed.
  • Once computers have become more or less disembodied, all sorts of possibilities open up.
  • It may manifest itself in ghosts, disembodied dead people.
  • The desire to live in our imagination is driven by this suspicion that we're disembodied sensibilities cobbled into our bodies.
  • The little primate raises his arms above his head as a disembodied hand scratches under his armpits.
  • It's important that his votaries be able to think of him as virtually disembodied.
  • Other people have become disembodied voices, speaking out of nowhere, going into nowhere.
  • We thought this year we'd have a little holiday fun by challenging readers to pair each disembodied head with its rightful body.
  • It's an oddly disembodied sensation of traveling in a magic-realist bus, or coming around from an anesthetic.
  • The surrealism is completed by six disembodied human hands stenciled above and below the animals.
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, -bodied
(transitive) to free from the body or from physical form
Derived Forms
disembodiment, 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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