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[in-kahr-ney-shuh n] /ˌɪn kɑrˈneɪ ʃən/
an incarnate being or form.
a living being embodying a deity or spirit.
assumption of human form or nature.
the Incarnation, (sometimes lowercase) Theology. the doctrine that the second person of the Trinity assumed human form in the person of Jesus Christ and is completely both God and man.
a person or thing regarded as embodying or exhibiting some quality, idea, or the like:
The leading dancer is the incarnation of grace.
the act of incarnating.
state of being incarnated.
Origin of incarnation
1250-1300; Middle English incarnacion < Late Latin incarnātiōn- (stem of incarnātiō) equivalent to incarnāt(us) incarnate + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
incarnational, adjective
postincarnation, adjective Unabridged
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  • She is the incarnation of the pride and liveliness and imaginative exuberance that permit the poor to live.

    Mary, Mary James Stephens
  • For the moment he was not a man: he was just the incarnation of an idea.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • There is no doubt that this constantly recurring figure is Hamsun himself in one incarnation after another.

    Knut Hamsun Hanna Astrup Larsen
  • Each one of us is a shadow, a reflection of the incarnation.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • That of the Epistles is a doctrine of incarnation, appealing to the eternal manifestation of God in man.

British Dictionary definitions for incarnation


the act of manifesting or state of being manifested in bodily form, esp human form
a bodily form assumed by a god, etc
a person or thing that typifies or represents some quality, idea, etc: the weasel is the incarnation of ferocity


(Christian theol) the assuming of a human body by the Son of God
(Christianity) the presence of God on Earth in the person of Jesus
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Word Origin and History for incarnation

c.1300, "embodiment of God in the person of Christ," from Old French incarnacion (12c.), from Late Latin incarnationem (nominative incarnatio), "act of being made flesh" (used by Church writers especially of God in Christ), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin incarnare "to make flesh," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + caro (genitive carnis) "flesh" (see carnage).

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incarnation in Culture

Incarnation definition

The Christian belief that the Son, the second person of the Trinity, was incarnated, or made flesh, in the person of Jesus, in order to save the world from original sin.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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