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Definitions for bodily
ˈbɒd l ibod·i·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bodilyadjective

    of or relating to or belonging to the body

    "a bodily organ"; "bodily functions"

  2. bodily, corporal, corporeal, somaticadjective

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

    "bodily needs"; "a corporal defect"; "corporeal suffering"; "a somatic symptom or somatic illness"

  3. bodilyadverb

    having or relating to a physical material body

    "bodily existence"

  4. bodilyadverb

    in bodily form

    "he was translated bodily to heaven"


  1. bodilyadverb

    In or by the body; physically.

    He was thrown bodily out of the house.

  2. bodilyadjective

    Of, relating to, or concerning the body.

    His bodily deficiencies were a heavy burden to him.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bodilyadjective

    Etymology: from body.

    What resemblance could wood or stone bear to a spirit void of all sensible qualities, and bodily dimensions? South.

    Of such as restored to our Saviour Christ, being present on earth, there came not any unto him with better success, for the benefit of their souls everlasting happiness, than they whose bodily necessities gave occasion of seeking relief. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Virtue atones for bodily defects; beauty is nothing worth, without a mind. Roger L'Estrange.

    As clearness of the bodily eye doth dispose it for a quicker sight, so doth freedom from lust and passion, dispose us for the most perfect acts of reason. John Tillotson.

    I would not have children much beaten for their faults, because I would not have them think bodily pain the greatest punishment. John Locke, on Education, § 115.

    Whatever hath been thought on in this state,
    That could be brought to bodily act, ere Rome
    Had circumvention? William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

  2. Bodilyadverb

    Corporeally; united with matter.

    It is his human nature, in which the godhead dwells bodily, that is advanced to these honours, and to this empire. Isaac Watts.


  1. bodily

    Bodily refers to anything related to the human body. It often describes physical or tangible aspects, functions, actions, or conditions concerning a person's body. This term can also be used to refer to something done by or to the body, such as bodily movements, harm, or functions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bodilyadjective

    having a body or material form; physical; corporeal; consisting of matter

  2. Bodilyadjective

    of or pertaining to the body, in distinction from the mind

  3. Bodilyadjective

    real; actual; put in execution

  4. Bodilyadverb

    corporeally; in bodily form; united with a body or matter; in the body

  5. Bodilyadverb

    in respect to, or so as to affect, the entire body or mass; entirely; all at once; completely; as, to carry away bodily. "Leapt bodily below."

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bodily is ranked #17097 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bodily surname appeared 1,660 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Bodily.

    95.9% or 1,593 total occurrences were White.
    1.9% or 33 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 14 total occurrences were Black.
    0.6% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bodily in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bodily in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of bodily in a Sentence

  1. James Grover Thurber:

    But those rare souls whose spirit gets magically into the hearts of men, leave behind them something more real and warmly personal than bodily presence, an ineffable and eternal thing. It is everlasting life touching us as something more than a vague, recondite concept. The sound of a great name dies like an echo the splendor of fame fades into nothing but the grace of a fine spirit pervades the places through which it has passed, like the haunting loveliness of mignonette.

  2. Plato:

    Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

  3. Charlie Bateson:

    Although the Ebola virus is not airborne at this time and can only be caught through coming in contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, and is currently limited to destinations in West Africa, we have recently experienced a small number of clients deferring their holiday plans to the rest of the continent, we remain in constant contact with the FCO, WHO and with tourist boards and our supplier partners across the world.

  4. William James:

    Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his lttle finger. Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.

  5. Charles Darwin:

    We must, however, acknowledge as it seems to me, that a man with all his noble qualities...still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.

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