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[in-kahr-ney-shuh n] /ˌɪn kɑrˈneɪ ʃən/
an incarnate being or form.
a living being embodying a deity or spirit.
assumption of human form or nature.
the Incarnation, (sometimes lowercase) Theology. the doctrine that the second person of the Trinity assumed human form in the person of Jesus Christ and is completely both God and man.
a person or thing regarded as embodying or exhibiting some quality, idea, or the like:
The leading dancer is the incarnation of grace.
the act of incarnating.
state of being incarnated.
1250-1300; Middle English incarnacion < Late Latin incarnātiōn- (stem of incarnātiō) equivalent to incarnāt(us) incarnate + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
incarnational, adjective
postincarnation, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for incarnations
  • We believe that this goes someway to addressing the quality aspect missing from the previous incarnations of this task.
  • Yet cancer's complexity also provides a range of opportunities to confront its many incarnations.
  • Didn't work out for them, though it's still around in some incarnations.
  • Animals were viewed not only as pets, but as incarnations of gods.
  • Enter the fake beach, which is popping up in different incarnations across the globe.
  • Many of their masks are used for incarnations of supernatural beings, although some are worn in initiation ceremonies.
  • Of the many incarnations of the cartoon, one stands out as my favorite.
  • The company says future incarnations could perhaps be used to capture energy from braking vehicles.
  • Revisionist arguments are often overstated in their earliest incarnations.
  • But the government, in its various incarnations, has not listened.
British Dictionary definitions for incarnations


the act of manifesting or state of being manifested in bodily form, esp human form
a bodily form assumed by a god, etc
a person or thing that typifies or represents some quality, idea, etc: the weasel is the incarnation of ferocity


(Christian theol) the assuming of a human body by the Son of God
(Christianity) the presence of God on Earth in the person of Jesus
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Word Origin and History for incarnations



c.1300, "embodiment of God in the person of Christ," from Old French incarnacion (12c.), from Late Latin incarnationem (nominative incarnatio), "act of being made flesh" (used by Church writers especially of God in Christ), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin incarnare "to make flesh," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + caro (genitive carnis) "flesh" (see carnage).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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incarnations in Culture

Incarnation definition

The Christian belief that the Son, the second person of the Trinity, was incarnated, or made flesh, in the person of Jesus, in order to save the world from original sin.

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incarnations in the Bible

that act of grace whereby Christ took our human nature into union with his Divine Person, became man. Christ is both God and man. Human attributes and actions are predicated of him, and he of whom they are predicated is God. A Divine Person was united to a human nature (Acts 20:28; Rom. 8:32; 1 Cor. 2:8; Heb. 2:11-14; 1 Tim. 3:16; Gal. 4:4, etc.). The union is hypostatical, i.e., is personal; the two natures are not mixed or confounded, and it is perpetual.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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