Corporal punishment

Corporal punishment
Corporal Cor"po*ral, a. [L. corporalis, fr. corpus body. See {Corpse}.] 1. Belonging or relating to the body; bodily. ``Past corporal toil.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Pillories and other corporal infections. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Corporal punishment} (law), punishment applied to the body of the offender, including the death penalty, whipping, and imprisonment. [1913 Webster]

2. Having a body or substance; not spiritual; material. In this sense now usually written corporeal. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

A corporal heaven . . . .where the stare are. --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

What seemed corporal melted As breath into the wind. --Shak.

Syn: {Corporal}, {Bodily}, {Corporeal}.

Usage: Bodily is opposed to mental; as, bodily affections. Corporeal refers to the whole physical structure or nature, of the body; as, corporeal substance or frame. Corporal, as now used, refers more to punishment or some infliction; as, corporal punishment. To speak of corporeal punishment is an error. Bodily austerities; the corporeal mold. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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