corpse

Definitions

  • The Corpse of Charles the Rash Discovered——236
    The Corpse of Charles the Rash Discovered——236
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n corpse the dead body of a human being "the cadaver was intended for dissection","the end of the police search was the discovery of a corpse","the murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river","honor comes to bless the turf that wraps their clay"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For hundreds of years, the people of Poona, India, have disposed of their dead by carrying the corpses to the top of a tower and letting the vultures eat them.
    • Corpse A human body in general, whether living or dead; -- sometimes contemptuously.
    • Corpse The dead body of a human being; -- used also Fig. "He touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it sprung upon its feet."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is illegal in Georgia to use profanity in the presence of a corpse.
    • n corpse A living body; the physical frame of an animal, especially of a human being.
    • n corpse A dead body, especially, and usually, of a human being: originally with the epithet dead expressed or implied in the context.
    • n corpse Eccles., the land with which a prebend or other ecclesiastical office in England is endowed.
    • n corpse Synonyms Remains, corse (poetic).
    • corpse To make a corpse of; murder.
    • corpse To ‘put out’ or confuse (an actor) in speaking his lines or to spoil (his ‘business’) by some blunder or mistake.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest single flower is the Rafflesia or "corpse flower". They are generally 3 feet in diameter with the record being 42 inches.
    • n Corpse korps or kors the dead body of a human being
    • n Corpse korps or kors, the dead body of a human being
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Quotations

  • Winston Churchill
    Winston%20Churchill
    “Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.”
  • Heraclitus
    Heraclitus
    “Corpses are more fit to be thrown out than is dung.”
  • Charles Dickens
    Charles%20Dickens
    “He would make a lovely corpse.”
  • Minna Antrim
    Minna%20Antrim
    “The Green-eyed Monster causes much woe, but the absence of this ugly serpent argues the presence of a corpse whose name is Eros.”
  • Epictetus
    Epictetus
    “You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.”
  • Sir P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse
    Sir P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse
    “Marriage isn't a process of prolonging the life of love, but of mummifying the corpse.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. cors,sometimes written corps,), F. corps, L. corpus,; akin to AS. hrif, womb. See Midriff, and cf. Corse Corselet Corps Cuerpo
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. corps, earlier cors—O. Fr. cors, the body—L. corpus.

Usage

In literature:

The best he could do was put the three corpses in the car, for protection from the Disan animals.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
The corpse is naked save for a new piece of cloth round the waist, but it is covered with a sheet.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Presently the daughter came back, bringing a dozen other women with her, and they all set to work laying out the corpse.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
Beside that gory corpse, shrouded though it be, he dares not remain a moment longer.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Corpse "enwrapped in white shroud of feathery snowflakes".
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
I was yet young in the experience of death, and the toppled corpse of the slain cavalry-man on the scout, somehow haunted me.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
I don't call any corpse a blackguard.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
It will be enough to say, she was found one morning a corpse within her bed.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
At Thomas Bodza's command they carried the corpses aside out of the courtyard, the corpses of Ivan, Dame Zudar, and poor Mekipiros.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
The king caused the corpse of a templar to be dug up and burned, as the corpses of heretics were burned.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
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In poetry:

In the tents of Akbar
The tears of sorrow run,
But the corpse of Sutna's slayer,
Lies rotting in the sun.
"In The Tents Of Akbar" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
With the spirits blest he feeds,—
Leaves us here in gloom;
We can only praise his deeds,
And his corpse entomb.
"Nadowessian Death-Lament" by Friedrich von Schiller
And left, as it were on a corpse,
Your maidenheid to me?
Nae lass, gudeman, sin Time began
'S hed ony mair to gie.
"O Wha’s Been Here Afore Me, Lass" by Hugh MacDiarmid
Now Lady Maisry is gane hame,
Make him a winding-sheet,
And at the back o merry Lincoln,
The dead corpse did her meet.
"Sir Hugh; Or The Jew's Daughter" by Andrew Lang
"O father! I see a gleaming light.
Oh say, what may it be?"
But the father answered never a word,
A frozen corpse was he.
"The Wreck Of The Hesperus" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
No selfish fears that warrior felt,
No blooming bride had he;
Beside a brother's corpse he knelt,
And tears bedimm'd his ee.
"The Soldier's Brother--A Ballad" by Peter John Allan

In news:

Photographer Denise Ginley shot pics of the rotting, sand-covered corpse.
Corpse Prank Is The Latest Viral Elevator Scare.
Corpse' falls out of coffin on elevator .
Elevator prank with a corpse on Brazil TV.
Now here's one with a corpse.
CAL over WASHINGTON STATE … now that Cougar head coach Mike Leach has called some of his seniors " empty corpses," Wazzu is almost certain to continue its downward spiral.
PARIS — Gunther von Hagens says he is dying, and he wants to put his preserved corpse on display as part of his popular "Body Worlds" exhibitions.
A German doctor who displays preserved human corpses in a traveling exhibit has been cleared of charges that he illegally obtained some of the bodies from China and Kyrgyzstan.
Comedians Olde English Take Surreal Challenge in 'The Exquisite Corpse Project.
Visual Art My Other Body Is a Corpse: The Long and Awesome Tradition of the Exquisite Corpse.
" Exquisite Corpse," Jake and Dinos Chapman.
Kids' Authors Team Up for ' Exquisite Corpse'.
In May, Michael Plumadore pleaded guilty to murder, abuse of a corpse and removing a dead body from the scene in the Dec 22 death of Aliahna Lemmon.
It is the second corpse discovered in eastern Baldwin County this month.
A new X-ray image of the star BP Piscium reveals the shredded corpse of a companion star or giant planet that the star recently consumed.
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In science:

Consider the death of stars after the nuclear fuel that powers them is exhausted; the star dies, often with a spectacular explosion, and the corpse begins to contract due to its own gravitational attraction, in the absence of outward pressures generated by nuclear explosions that existed during its lifetime.
Black hole entropy: classical and quantum aspects
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