corpus vile

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɔɚɹpɚs ˈviːleɪ/

Etymology[edit]

From Latin corpus (body) vile (worthless).

Noun[edit]

corpus vile (plural corpora vilia)

  1. A person, animal or thing treated as expendable, to therefore use as an experimental subject regardless of whatever loss or damage it may suffer as a result.
  2. (figuratively) The subject of an experiment.
    The image of Shakespeare's works has suffered in many people's minds because of it being much used as a corpus vile for school teaching.