corporal

Corporal means "of the body." Corporal punishment involves physically harming someone. A corporal is also a noncommissioned officer in the Army, Air Force, and Marines.

In the military, a corporal is a soldier who rose through the ranks as an enlisted soldier, not going to one of the military colleges. Elsewhere, this word has to do with physical things and beings. A ghost is not corporal — it has no body. In a horror movie, corporal monsters like zombies and vampires can do more damage. You can also talk about corporal pleasures, like eating and drinking. When you see the word corporal (or corporeal), think body.

Primary Meanings of corporal

1.
adj
affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
2.
n
a noncommissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marines
Full Definitions of corporal
1

adj affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit

“a corporal defect”
Synonyms:
bodily, corporeal, somatic
physical
involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit

adj possessing or existing in bodily form

“"what seemed corporal melted as breath into the wind"- Shakespeare”
Synonyms:
bodied, corporate, embodied, incarnate
corporeal, material
having material or physical form or substance
2

n a noncommissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marines

Type of:
enlisted officer, noncom, noncommissioned officer
a military officer appointed from enlisted personnel

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