twice born

twice-born

[twahys-bawrn]
adjective
1.
Hinduism. of or pertaining to members of the Indian castes of Brahmins, Kshatriyas, and Vaisyas, who undergo a spiritual rebirth and initiation in adolescence.
2.
having undergone reincarnation.
3.
born-again ( def 1 ).
4.
denoting any moral or religious experience that brings about a major reorientation of a person's character or personality.

Origin:
1400–50, 1785–95 for def 1; late Middle English: an epithet of Bacchus

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