Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


tr.v. dis·em·bod·ied, dis·em·bod·y·ing, dis·em·bod·ies
1. To free (the soul or spirit) from the body.
2. To divest of material existence or substance.

dis′em·bod′i·ment n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
Archer, as the three strolled back through the park, was aware of this odd sense of disembodiment; and humbling as it was to his vanity it gave him the ghostly advantage of observing unobserved.
An associated issue is, of course, the Adorno-fuelled fear of commodification of culture through mass media, as well as a dislike of the disembodiment of such performances, the cutting off from the cherished liveness of music.
It was not these encroachments which were an eyesore in the city, but the empty spaces which now exist after their eviction and disembodiment. For a city of almost 25 million that witnessed such annihilation to sit idle and twiddle its thumbs is unbelievable and inexplicable.
Robinson examines how composers and performers of telematic music--in which geographically dispersed musicians perform together via telecommunication technologies--negotiate issues related to latency and disembodiment. Robinson notes that latency adds a degree of indeterminacy to networked performances.
An untitled collage from 2015, where eyeballs float on wonky TV antennae, hints at zonked-out disembodiment.
Ghosting speaks of simultaneous imitation and innovation; it registers hypervisibility and invisibility, hyperembodiment and disembodiment (Brown, 2015, p.
Because trauma has been inscribed in her body, Thelma adopts a clearly Cartesian approach in the face of her early sexualisation, an attitude that is materialised in the form of illness, a tangible mechanism to try to achieve disembodiment. At the level of the protagonist's embodied experience, phenomenological philosophy allows for the explanation of the causal relationship between sexual trauma and illness and, at the level of her storytelling, literary theories on narrativity are useful to analyse how Thelma's chaotic bodily experiences are transformed into a coherent account.
The proposal here is that the process of the media history of the Word in literate culture has led to the disembodiment of the Word.
"The grease-tang of kung pao chicken in my mother's shirts,/in my mother's far-away look after shifts." He writes of a spiritual disembodiment evoked by the spatial, and the distance between uncoils into a landscape.
In sections on the semioticization of philosophy, historical connections, and Peirce challenged, they discuss such topics as the interconnection between his pragmatism and semiotics, the presence of Peirce's category of firstness in Schilling and Schopenhauer, the Charybdis of semiotics and Scylla of rhetoric: Peirce and Gorgias of Leontini on the rhetoric of being, hopes of Derrida's reading: the emergence of Peirce's texts in the poststructuralist context, and Peirce and the theory of disembodiment. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)
She stops eating meat and uses disembodiment to withdraw.
The disembodiment of public opinion is what fascinates Poe, and the "way in which trivial, fragmented, individual speech is transformed into a formidable social power" (69) where the network does not "transmit so much as it echoes" (71).