Crossword clues for corpse
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Corpse \Corpse\ (k[^o]rps), n. [OF. cors (sometimes written corps), F. corps, L. corpus; akin to AS. hrif womb. See Midriff, and cf. Corse, Corselet, Corps, Cuerpo.]
A human body in general, whether living or dead; -- sometimes contemptuously. [Obs.]
Note: Formerly written (after the French form) corps. See Corps, n., 1.
The dead body of a human being; -- used also Fig. He touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it sprung upon its feet. --D. Webster. Corpse candle.
A thick candle formerly used at a lich wake, or the customary watching with a corpse on the night before its interment.
A luminous appearance, resembling the flame of a candle, sometimes seen in churchyards and other damp places, superstitiously regarded as portending death.
Corpse gate, the gate of a burial place through which the dead are carried, often having a covered porch; -- called also lich gate.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1540s, variant spelling of corps (q.v.). The -p- originally was silent, as in French, and with some speakers still is. The terminal -e was rare before 19c. Corpse-candle is attested from 1690s.
alt. 1 A dead body. 2 (context archaic sometimes derogatory English) A human body in general, whether living or dead. n. 1 A dead body. 2 (context archaic sometimes derogatory English) A human body in general, whether living or dead. vb. (context intransitive slang of an actor English) To lose control during a performance and laugh uncontrollably.
A corpse is a dead human body.
Corpse may also refer to:
- The Corpse, a black ops group within the Green Lantern Corps
Usage examples of "corpse".
Perhaps it was merely a reaction from the slaughter in the streets of Addis Ababa, or the memory of the corpses of the sons of the abuna with their eyeballs hanging on their cheeks and their inunature genitals stuffed into their mouths, but over the next few days the desire to see his son became an obsession.
At least half of them were mush-skinned Abaddon corpses, walking dead.
Miyuki screamed, her CPR forgotten as the corpse knocked over the tall stool with a crash that was all but entirely muffled by the thrashing of the creature in the next room.
That particular corpse unexpectedly provided the first proof that Haluk allomorphism was being erased by unauthorized genen therapy.
Amerikan Peace Movement whose theory of justice was that the brutal Amerikan Army should move out of Southeast Asia so that the Cambodians could fertilize their fields with the bodies of Cambodians so that the Vietnamese could prey on the corpse of a decimated nation so that the Chinese could punish the Vietnamese so that the Vietnamese could drown their own Chinese in the sea.
Thus amongst the Angoni of British Central Africa the corpses of chiefs are burned with all their household belongings, but the bodies of commoners are buried with all their belongings in caves.
Among the mounds of corpses individual Ansar were feigning death, poised to leap on any unwary victim.
The quick, tense voice stated that the corpse of Fred-derick Meelays had been found that morning on the Via Appia Antica, and that Signor Mee-lays had visited him at some time yesterday, was that not so?
The Asturian arrows arched overhead like a slithering rainbow, and the Murgos quite literally melted off their half-completed bridges to fill the river with floating corpses.
Then I saw the mother sitting next to the pathetic little corpse, weeping and moaning as she rocked back and forth in anguish.
His boots slipped midway in fluids spewed from the corpse, and he bounced down the remainder of the steps on his buttocks, backplate, and helmet.
They stepped over corpses that lay facedown in the snow with wounds in their backs, and around overturned wagons and coaches and dead horses and dead dogs.
They had carried his corpse from the battleground, and were preparing to honour him.
Circumstantial evidence was against him, for The Shadow stood armed, a trespasser on the Beaverwood property, and above him, grinning in macabre glee, was the tilted corpse impaled upon the gate spikes, flinging down a silent accusation.
Similarly the Hottentots, Bechuanas, Basutos, Marotse, Barongo, and many other tribes of South and West Africa never carry a corpse out by the door of the hut but always by a special opening made in the wall.