body snatcher

body snatcher
noun
someone who takes bodies from graves and sells them for anatomical dissection
Syn: ↑graverobber, ↑ghoul
Hypernyms: ↑thief, ↑stealer

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noun
: one who without authority takes corpses from graves usually for purposes of dissection or for sale for such purposes : resurrectionist

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1. a person who steals corpses; graverobber.
2. Slang. an agency that recruits executives working for one company to fill top management positions in another.
[1805-15]

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body snatcher noun (historical)
A person who secretly disinters dead bodies (usu to sell them) for dissection
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Main Entry:body

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body snatcher UK [ˈbɒdi ˌsnætʃə(r)] US [ˈbɑdi ˌsnætʃər] noun [countable] [singular body snatcher plural body snatchers]
someone in the past who dug up dead bodies after they were buried to sell to doctors for dissection (=the process of cutting into them to examine the organs inside)
Thesaurus: people who stealsynonym

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body snatcher,
a person who steals human bodies or corpses from graves, with the latter, often for the purpose of dissection: »

The 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers is an effective thriller that is seen by film critics as a commentary on the American Cold War.

SYNONYM(S): ghoul.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • The Body Snatcher (disambiguation) — Body snatcher or The Body Snatcher may refer to:* Body snatcher, a person who secretly exhumes dead bodies to sell them * The Body Snatcher , a 1885 short story by Robert Louis Stevenson ** The Body Snatcher , a 1945 film adaptation of Stevenson… …   Wikipedia

  • body snatcher — noun Date: 1812 one who steals corpses from graves …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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