Corpses


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Corpses

See also burial; death

an inspection and dissection of a body after death, usually to determine the cause of death. Also called necropsy, post-mortem examination.
an obsession with death or the dead. — necromaniac, n.
the practice of feeding on carrion. — necrophage, n. — necrophagous, adj.
an abnormal attraction, especially erotic, to corpses. — necrophile, necrophiliac, n.
1. an abnormal fear of death. Also called thanatophobia.
2. an abnormal fear of corpses. — necrophobe, n. — necrophobic, adj.
autopsy.
1. the dissection of corpses.
2. the surgical excision of a piece of dead bone. — necrotomist, n. — necrotomic, adj.
the exhuming and stealing of bodies from graves, especially for dissection; body snatching. — resurrection man, n.
necrophobia, def. 1.
References in classic literature ?
It seemed to Holgrave,--as doubtless it has seemed to the hopeful of every century since the epoch of Adam's grandchildren,--that in this age, more than ever before, the moss-grown and rotten Past is to be torn down, and lifeless institutions to be thrust out of the way, and their dead corpses buried, and everything to begin anew.
They would take neither the glow of passion nor the tenderness of sentiment, but retained all the rigidity of dead corpses, and stared me in the face with a fixed and ghastly grin of contemptuous defiance.
In that simple heart waged a fierce conflict; the crushing sense of wrong, the foreshadowing, of a whole life of future misery, the wreck of all past hopes, mournfully tossing in the soul's sight, like dead corpses of wife, and child, and friend, rising from the dark wave, and surging in the face of the half-drowned mariner
Just a rubbish-pile of bat- tered corpses and a barrel or two of busted hardware.
I looked on my cherished wishes, yesterday so blooming and glowing; they lay stark, chill, livid corpses that could never revive.
I have passed it really in my walks, twice or thrice; it lies in a hollow, between two hills: an elevated hollow, near a swamp, whose peaty moisture is said to answer all the purposes of embalming on the few corpses deposited there.
It stirred, it lifted itself, it beckoned towards the shadow which hid the head of the cleft and the piled-up corpses that lay there, and it seemed to me that the arm was the arm of Baleka.
It also, like the flowers, issued from the ground, which had flung back a number of its corpses.
The farther he advanced in the labyrinth the more curious he became, till he was stopped by two corpses lying in the midst of a cypress alley, each with a scarlet cord round his neck and a bracelet on his arm on which were engraved their own names, and those of two Princesses.
Stragglers arrived in groups continually; but once here those perambulating corpses separated; each begged for himself a place near a fire; repulsed repeatedly, they met again, to obtain by force the hospitality already refused to them.
With one swing of his mighty longsword he laid a dozen corpses at his feet, and so he hewed a pathway before him until in another moment he stood upon the platform beside me, dealing death and destruction right and left.
This skeleton of what it had once been was a sad spectacle as it lay lost under the waves, but sadder still was the sight of the bridge, where some corpses, bound with ropes, were still lying.