1. the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Corporal \Cor"po*ral\, a. [L. corporalis, fr. corpus body. See
1. Belonging or relating to the body; bodily. "Past corporal
Pillories and other corporal infections. --Milton.
Corporal punishment (law), punishment applied to the body
of the offender, including the death penalty, whipping,
2. Having a body or substance; not spiritual; material. In
this sense now usually written corporeal. --Milton.
A corporal heaven . . . .where the stare are.
What seemed corporal melted
As breath into the wind. --Shak.
Syn: Corporal, Bodily, Corporeal.
Usage: Bodily is opposed to mental; as, bodily affections.
Corporeal refers to the whole physical structure or
nature, of the body; as, corporeal substance or frame.
Corporal, as now used, refers more to punishment or
some infliction; as, corporal punishment. To speak of
corporeal punishment is an error. Bodily austerities;
the corporeal mold.
[1913 Webster] Corporal
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of
committing a crime
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
30 Moby Thesaurus words for "corporal punishment":
bastinado, basting, battery, beating, belting, buffeting, caning,
clubbing, cowhiding, cudgeling, drubbing, flagellation, flailing,
flogging, fustigation, horsewhipping, lacing, lashing,
pistol-whipping, rawhiding, scourging, spanking, strapping,
stripes, swingeing, switching, thrashing, trouncing, truncheoning,