corpus delicti

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n corpus delicti the body of evidence that constitute the offence; the objective proof that a crime has been committed (sometimes mistakenly thought to refer to the body of a homicide victim)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Corpus delicti (Law) the substantial and fundamental fact of the comission of a crime; the proofs essential to establish a crime.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Corpus delicti a criminal law term in Scotland to signify the body or substance of the crime charged
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., the body of the crime
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. corpus, the body.

Usage

In literature:

You have committed murder by poisoning, it is true; but the corpus delicti will not be there because it can't be there!
"A Book of Remarkable Criminals" by H. B. Irving
Well may Bedney ask, 'where is your corpus delicti?
"At the Mercy of Tiberius" by August Evans Wilson
How bring their murderers to justice without proof of the "corpus delicti"?
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
There was no corpus delicti, for instance.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
Where, we should be glad to know, is the CORPUS DELICTI?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 353, March 1845" by Various
CORPUS DELICTI (L.), the substance of the offence.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
This was the corpus delicti.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 10 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Legal" by Robert G. Ingersoll
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In news:

Dealing With the Corpus Delicti .
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