Definition of bodysnatcher in English:



  • A person who illicitly disinterred corpses for dissection, for which there was no legal provision until 1832.

    • ‘The famous bodysnatchers Burke and Hare were never charged with violation of sepulchre because they eventually resorted to murder as a way of finding bodies to sell.’
    • ‘For Rebus it is another opportunity to dwell, as he does often, on the bodysnatchers Burke and Hare.’
    • ‘That is when they encounter the bodysnatcher.’
    • ‘The Daily Express headline ‘Scandal of the bodysnatchers’ was inappropriate because there were no bodysnatchers.’
    • ‘There are displays dedicated to the notorious Edinburgh bodysnatchers Burke and Hare, and cannibal Sawney Bean.’