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virgin birth

noun
1.
Theology. the doctrine or dogma that, by the miraculous agency of God, the birth of Christ did not impair or prejudice the virginity of Mary.
2.
Zoology. parthenogenesis; parturition by a female who has not copulated.
Origin of virgin birth
1645-1655
1645-55
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  • How many of these touched on the subject of the virgin birth we may never know.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • Why reject as incredible the virgin birth and the Resurrection?

    Our Lady Saint Mary J. G. H. Barry
  • He had the enormous advantage of a virgin birth, a divine fatherhood with a human motherhood.

  • These invariably championed the doctrine of the virgin birth as the pillar on which the Incarnation depended.

  • They are all alike; a virgin birth, a miraculous life, and transfiguration.

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • The virgin birth was an established fact in nature, and had its place in the social economy of the bee.

  • His whole life was such as to render the virgin birth almost a necessity, as I see it.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • The Christian who says he believes in the virgin birth, but not in the talking serpent or ass, is a sceptic already.

    The Bible Unveiled M. M. Mangasarian
British Dictionary definitions for virgin birth

virgin birth

noun
1.
another name for parthenogenesis (sense 2)

Virgin Birth

noun
1.
the doctrine that Jesus Christ had no human father but was conceived solely by the direct intervention of the Holy Spirit so that Mary remained miraculously a virgin during and after his birth
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