Friday, February 20, 2004
avatar noun [AV-uh-tar] The incarnation of a deity -- chiefly associated in Hinduism with the incarnations of Vishnu.
Definitions for avatar
- The incarnation of a deity -- chiefly associated in Hinduism with the incarnations of Vishnu.
- An embodiment, as of a quality, concept, philosophy, or tradition; an archetype.
- A temporary manifestation or aspect of a continuing entity.
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Citations for avatar
In 1517, the year of their first contact, the Aztecs took the Spaniards to be avatars of Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent, god of learning and of wind.
People . . . believe he was some sort of avatar of peace and love, the ultimate hippie.
Origin of avatar
Avatar is from Sanskrit avatara, "descent" (of a deity from heaven), from avatarati, "he descends," from ava-, "down" + tarati, "he crosses, he passes over."