metempsychosic

metempsychosis

[muh-tem-suh-koh-sis, -temp-, met-uhm-sahy-]
noun, plural metempsychoses [muh-tem-suh-koh-seez, -temp-, met-uhm-sahy-] .
the transmigration of the soul, especially the passage of the soul after death from a human or animal to some other human or animal body.

Origin:
1580–90; < Late Latin < Greek, equivalent to metempsȳchō-, variant stem of metempsȳchoûsthai to pass from one body into another (see met-, em-2, psycho-) + -sis -sis

metempsychic [met-uhm-sahy-kik] , metempsychosic, metempsychosical, adjective
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metempsychosis (ˌmɛtəmsaɪˈkəʊsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
1.  the migration of a soul from one body to another
2.  the entering of a soul after death upon a new cycle of existence in a new body either of human or animal form
 
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek, from metempsukhousthai, from meta- + -em- in + psukhē soul]
 
metempsy'chosist
 
n

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metempsychosis
1590, from L.L., from Gk. metempsychosis, from meta "change" + en "in" + psyche "soul." Pythagorean word for trans-migration of souls at death.
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