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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
First recorded in 1645-55
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  • Why do we have to believe in the trinity, the virgin birth, etc., in order to be saved?

    The Bible Unveiled M. M. Mangasarian
  • 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
  • They are all alike; a virgin birth, a miraculous life, and transfiguration.

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

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

  • He had the enormous advantage of a virgin birth, a divine fatherhood with a human motherhood.

  • Still more disastrous for them has been the virgin birth, with the terrible fascination of its detail for unpoetic minds.

    God The Invisible King Herbert George Wells
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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