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Corpo'real. adj. [corporeus, Latin.]

  1. Having a body; not immaterial. See Corporal.

    The swiftness of those circles attribute,
    Though numberless, to his omnipotence,
    That to corporeal substances could add
    Speed almost spiritual.
    Milton's Paradise Lost, b. viii.

    Having surveyed the image of God in the soul, we are not to omit those characters that God imprinted upon the body, as much as a spiritual substance could be pictured upon a corporeal. South's Sermons.

    God being supposed to be a pure spirit, cannot be the object of any corporeal sense. Tillotson.

    The course is finish'd which thy fates decreed,
    And thou from thy corporeal prison freed.
    Dryden's Fables.

    Fix thy corporeal and internal eye
    On the young gnat, or new-engendr'd fly.

  2. It is used by Swift inaccurately for corporal.

    I am not in a condition to make a true step even on Aimsbury Downs; and I declare, that a corporeal false step is worse than a political one. Swift.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Milton, John (449) · Prior, Matthew (162) · South, Robert (158) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Tillotson, John (68)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Latin (690)

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