corpus delicti love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law The material evidence in a homicide, such as the discovered corpse of a murder victim, showing that a crime has been committed.
  • n. A corpse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The body of the victim
  • n. The evidence that a crime has occurred.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the substantial and fundamental fact of the comission of a crime; the proofs essential to establish a crime.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the body of evidence that constitute the offence; the objective proof that a crime has been committed (sometimes mistakenly thought to refer to the body of a homicide victim)


New Latin corpus dēlictī : Latin corpus, body + Latin dēlictī, genitive of dēlictum, crime.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, from Latin corpus ("body") dēlictī ("of crime"). (Wiktionary)


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  • Delictum "offence, transgression" is from the past participle of delinquere "transgress", so is related to 'delinquent'. And, if it comes to that, to 'leave' and 'eleven'.

    March 6, 2009

  • Latin: "the body of offense". In law, this refers to the facts and circumstances constituting a breach of the law. In popular usage, however, this can mean the concrete evidence, such as a corpse.

    March 6, 2009