corpus delicti

[ kawr-puh s di-lik-tahy ]SEE DEFINITION OF corpus delicti
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The corpus delicti (in the language of the law) was certain.

There is no corpus delicti, no carcase of the missing Edwin Drood.

“Talking of corpus delicti,” said the man who had first spoken.

These fragments alone remained to testify to the corpus delicti.

The corpus delicti—you see I know my subject—was somebody else.

There was no corpus delicti, no evidence that Harrison was really dead.

But there was nothing definite to prove the fact; there was no corpus delicti.

There, as in the Morgue, lies awaiting explanation the corpus delicti of the Clyde Mystery.

If Hallard could open the penitentiary, why not the grave in which a corpus delicti had been hastily hidden?

Dear Mnsterberg,—Witmer has sent me the corpus delicti, and I find myself curiously unmoved.

WORD ORIGIN

1832, Latin, literally "body of the offense;" not "the murder victim's body," but the basic elements that make up a crime; in the case of a murder, including the body of the murdered person.

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