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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
First recorded in 1855-60; re- + incarnation
Related forms
reincarnationist, noun Unabridged
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  • With reincarnation, or rather resurrection, had come a holier transfiguration of form and face.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar William R. Bradshaw
  • In the process of dissolution and reincarnation the band instruments had disappeared.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • I am quite impatient to meet the friends in whose good company Mr. Armstrong revelled before his present reincarnation.

    The Spell William Dana Orcutt
  • Many people think that in reincarnation the only answer may be found.

    Reincarnation and the Law of Karma William Walker Atkinson
  • Here you see the reincarnation of the old Christian notion that we are "conceived in sin and born in iniquity."

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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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