One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially of a human body) not having undergone decomposition.
honourable, honest, trustworthy, dependable, worthy, respectable, upright, clean-living, virtuous, good, ethical, moralView synonyms
- ‘There was a trip to France to see something called the incorrupt saint, and possibly a position.’
- ‘We are even inclined to acknowledge someone's holiness if she lies incorrupt in a glass case.’
- ‘There are other quirky problems surrounding the phenomenon of incorrupt bodies of saints.’
- ‘Among these popes is Boniface VIII, who died in 1303 and whose body was also found incorrupt in 1605.’
- ‘The still incorrupt hand was enshrined, some 400 years later, when a little Catholic Church was re-established in Ely.’
Late Middle English: from Latin incorruptus, from in- ‘not’ + corruptus ‘destroyed, marred’ (see corrupt).
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