Definition of corpse in English:



  • A dead body, especially of a human being rather than an animal.

    • ‘Mourning families had been forced to keep the corpses of dead loved ones in their homes because there was no way undertakers could reach them.’
    • ‘And he couldn't just leave her here either, since someone's bound to find the corpses of the dead gang members.’
    • ‘A weeping elderly woman identified one of the corpses as her dead husband.’
    • ‘Medical personnel fear an outbreak of cholera and other contagious diseases if the bodies of the corpses are not cleared before they start decaying.’
    • ‘They ran over the dead grass, now strewn with dead bodies and corpses.’
    • ‘I realized today that, all week, I've been referring to the dead I've seen as bodies and corpses.’
    • ‘Lisa Morgan, 30, a legal secretary from Chatham, Kent, clung to a tree for six hours, surrounded by human corpses and dead animals.’
    • ‘He raced away from the stunned group of men, staring at their dead comrades' burnt corpses.’
    • ‘Von Hagens, who was born in 1945, is reported to have had a lively interest in the human body, particularly in corpses, since he was a child.’
    • ‘One night, while trying to get his friend Malik some free studio time, he stumbles upon the lifeless corpses of two dead bodyguards.’
    • ‘The commander quickly moved on without glancing twice at the dead corpses, hoping that he would not join them in battle.’
    • ‘The records say he had some medical training but aside from carving up dead corpses, I never saw anything to indicate that it's true.’
    • ‘He secured a job in a medical school morgue and did his earliest performances with dead animals and human corpses.’
    • ‘He emphasizes that their dead bodies, their corpses, will fall in the wilderness.’
    • ‘Then for the next 8 hours during the second stage I evacuated corpses or dead bodies.’
    • ‘She looked back down at the corpses of the dead guards and the bodies of the unconscious guards.’
    • ‘Therefore he has dug one small cove in the ice and has passed the night with the corpses of the six dead men.’
    • ‘We first saw a hand swinging in and out of the door and we thought we saw a dead corpse.’
    • ‘I'm trying to eat my breakfast but I can see his corpse lying in a body bag on the glacier.’
    • ‘Bushes lay crushed and we found countless corpses of animals that looked as if something had really torn into them.’
    dead body, body, cadaver, carcass, skeleton
    remains, relics
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Middle English (denoting the living body of a person or animal): alteration of corse by association with Latin corpus, a change that also took place in French ( Old French cors becoming corps). The p was originally silent, as in French; the final e was rare before the 19th century, but now distinguishes corpse from corps.