, a. [L. corporalis, fr. corpus body. See Corpse.] 1. Belonging or relating to the body; bodily. "Past corporal toil." Shak.
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Pillories and other corporal infections.
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Corporal punishment (law), punishment applied to the body of the offender, including the death penalty, whipping, and imprisonment.
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2. Having a body or substance; not spiritual; material. In this sense now usually written corporeal. Milton.
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A corporal heaven . . . .where the stare are.
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What seemed corporal melted
As breath into the wind.

Syn. -- Corporal, Bodily, Corporeal. 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.
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(-r?"l?), } n. [LL. corporale: cf. F. corporal. See Corporal,a.] A fine linen cloth, on which the sacred elements are consecrated in the eucharist, or with which they are covered; a communion cloth.
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Corporal oath, a solemn oath; -- so called from the fact that it was the ancient usage for the party taking it to touch the corporal, or cloth that covered the consecrated elements.
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