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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

palingenesis

\pal-in-JEN-uh-sis\ , noun;
1.
Rebirth; regeneration.
2.
In biology, embryonic development that reproduces the ancestral features of the species.
3.
Baptism in the Christian faith.
4.
The doctrine of transmigration of souls.
Quotes:
His acquaintance with the family dated from their social palingenesis, when, after obscure prosperity in a southern suburb, they fluttered to the northern heights, and were observed of the paragraphists.
-- George Gissing, The Whirlpool
A perfect palingenesis was wrought by the restorer of the Persian empire, which pretty nearly re- occupied (and gloried in re-occupying) the very area that had once composed the empire of Cyrus.
-- Thomas de Quincey, The Caesars
Origin:
Palingenesis is the combination of two Greek roots: palin, "again," and genesis, "source."
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