Corpse
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}.] 1. A human body in general, whether living or dead; -- sometimes contemptuously. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Note: Formerly written (after the French form) corps. See {Corps}, n., 1. [1913 Webster]

2. The dead body of a human being; -- used also Fig. [1913 Webster]

He touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it sprung upon its feet. --D. Webster. [1913 Webster]

{Corpse candle}. (a) A thick candle formerly used at a lich wake, or the customary watching with a corpse on the night before its interment. (b) 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}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
, (of a human being), , , (used in disrespect)


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