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reincarnation

[ree-in-kahr-ney-shuh n] /ˌri ɪn kɑrˈneɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the belief that the soul, upon death of the body, comes back to earth in another body or form.
2.
rebirth of the soul in a new body.
3.
a new incarnation or embodiment, as of a person.
Origin of reincarnation
1855-1860
1855-60; re- + incarnation
Related forms
reincarnationist, noun
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  • With reincarnation, or rather resurrection, had come a holier transfiguration of form and face.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar William R. Bradshaw
  • Just suppose your friend is a reincarnation of Antony without an 'H'?

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • I am quite impatient to meet the friends in whose good company Mr. Armstrong revelled before his present reincarnation.

    The Spell William Dana Orcutt
  • This is not at all a fair representation of the theory of reincarnation, I shall be told.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • Here you see the reincarnation of the old Christian notion that we are "conceived in sin and born in iniquity."

British Dictionary definitions for reincarnation

reincarnation

/ˌriːɪnkɑːˈneɪʃən/
noun
1.
the belief that on the death of the body the soul transmigrates to or is born again in another body
2.
the incarnation or embodiment of a soul in a new body after it has left the old one at physical death
3.
embodiment again in a new form, as of a principle or idea
Derived Forms
reincarnationist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for reincarnation
n.

1829, "fact of repeated incarnation," from re- "back, again" + incarnation. Meaning "a new embodiment" is from 1854.

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reincarnation in Culture

reincarnation definition


Being reborn in another body. Several religions, including Hinduism, believe that the human spirit returns to Earth in different forms again and again as it strives for perfection.

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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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