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Definition of Corporal


  1. A noncommissioned officer, next below a sergeant. In the United States army he is the lowest noncommissioned officer in a company of infantry. He places and relieves sentinels.
  2. Belonging or relating to the body; bodily.
  3. Having a body or substance; not spiritual; material. In this sense now usually written corporeal.
  4. Alt. of Corporale

Corporal Quotations

We could say that people who eat grits, listen to country music, follow stock-car racing, support corporal punishment in the schools, hunt 'possum, go to Baptist churches and prefer bourbon to Scotch are likely to be Southerners.
John Shelton Reed

I doubt whether classical education ever has been or can be successfully carried out without corporal punishment.
George Orwell

Let's reintroduce corporal punishment in the schools - and use it on the teachers.
P. J. O'Rourke

We are turning against boys and forgetting a simple truth: that the energy, competitiveness, and corporal daring of normal, decent males is responsible for much of what is right in the world.
Christina Hoff Sommers

Corporal punishment is as humiliating for him who gives it as for him who receives it; it is ineffective besides. Neither shame nor physical pain have any other effect than a hardening one.
Ellen Key
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Corporal Translations

corporal in Dutch is korporaal
corporal in French is cabot
corporal in German is Unteroffizier
corporal in Portuguese is cabo
corporal in Swedish is kroppslig, korpral