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 for Corporal punishment
From 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
        toil." --Shak.
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              Pillories and other corporal infections. --Milton.
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     Corporal punishment (law), punishment applied to the body
        of the offender, including the death penalty, whipping,
        and imprisonment.
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     2. Having a body or substance; not spiritual; material. In
        this sense now usually written corporeal. --Milton.
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              A corporal heaven . . . .where the stare are.
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              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

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  corporal punishment
      n 1: the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of
           committing a crime

From 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,

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