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[ree-in-kahr-ney-shuh n] /ˌri ɪn kɑrˈneɪ ʃən/
the belief that the soul, upon death of the body, comes back to earth in another body or form.
rebirth of the soul in a new body.
a new incarnation or embodiment, as of a person.
Origin of reincarnation
1855-60; re- + incarnation
Related forms
reincarnationist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reincarnation
  • There is a fatal recurrence of existence, for life tends ever to create the conditions of its own reincarnation and continuance.
  • If you go for the former option then you're heading towards a view akin to that of those who believe in reincarnation.
  • The typical neural protein only lasts for a few weeks, the cortex in a constant state of reincarnation.
  • Several music and film celebrities recall their former lives in this reincarnation-oriented feature with musical accompaniment.
  • In this story, flying can be said to represent the idea of the afterlife or even reincarnation.
  • He is the reincarnation of buck, but no one in the family ever realizes this.
  • reincarnation and karma, which he considered to be his own central theme.
British Dictionary definitions for reincarnation


the belief that on the death of the body the soul transmigrates to or is born again in another body
the incarnation or embodiment of a soul in a new body after it has left the old one at physical death
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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