born-again

[bawrn-uh-gen or, esp. British, -uh-geyn]

adjective

committed or recommitted to religious faith through an intensely religious experience: a born-again Christian.
reactivated or revitalized: a born-again conservatism in American politics.
enthusiastically committed: a born-again jogger.

noun

a person who is characterized by a newfound faith or enthusiasm.

Nearby words

  1. born under a lucky star,
  2. born with a silver spoon,
  3. born with a silver spoon in one's mouth,
  4. born yesterday,
  5. born, max,
  6. born-again christian,
  7. born-digital,
  8. born-free,
  9. borna disease,
  10. borne

Origin of born-again

First recorded in 1965–70

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British Dictionary definitions for born-again

born-again

adjective

having experienced conversion, esp to evangelical Christianity
showing the enthusiasm of one newly converted to any causea born-again monetarist

noun

a person who shows fervent enthusiasm for a new-found cause, belief, etc
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Word Origin and History for born-again

born-again

adj.

of Protestant Christians, by 1920, based on John iii:3. Used in figurative (non-religious) sense by 1977.

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