[kawr-puh s di-lik-tahy] /ˈkɔr pəs dɪˈlɪk taɪ/

noun, plural corpora delicti
[kawr-per-uh di-lik-tahy] /ˈkɔr pər ə dɪˈlɪk taɪ/ (Show IPA). Law.
the basic element or fact of a crime, as, in murder, the death of the murdered person.
the object, as the body of a murdered person, upon which a crime has been committed and that serves as evidence proving that the crime was committed.
(law) the body of facts that constitute an offence

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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