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

incarnational, adjective
postincarnation, adjective Unabridged
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incarnation (ˌɪnkɑːˈneɪʃən)
1.  the act of manifesting or state of being manifested in bodily form, esp human form
2.  a bodily form assumed by a god, etc
3.  a person or thing that typifies or represents some quality, idea, etc: the weasel is the incarnation of ferocity

Incarnation (ˌɪnkɑːˈneɪʃən)
1.  Christian theol the assuming of a human body by the Son of God
2.  Christianity the presence of God on Earth in the person of Jesus

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "embodiment of God in the person of Christ," from O.Fr. incarnation (12c.), from L.L. incarnationem (nom. incarnatio), "act of being made flesh" (used by Church writers esp. of God in Christ), from L. incarnatus, pp. of incarnare "to make flesh," from in- "in" + caro (gen. carnis) "flesh."
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Cultural Dictionary

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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Incarnation definition

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.

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Example sentences
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.
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