[ bawrn-uh-gen or, especially British, -uh-geyn ]
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  1. committed or recommitted to religious faith through an intensely religious experience: a born-again Christian.

  2. reactivated or revitalized: a born-again conservatism in American politics.

  1. enthusiastically committed: a born-again jogger.

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

Origin of born-again

First recorded in 1965–70

Words Nearby born-again Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use born-again in a sentence

  • Thus, those who are born again, are rendered fit to lay hold upon the proposals of God's goodness and mercy through Christ.

  • If we are worthy of our name we must be born again of the Spirit.

    The New Society | Walther Rathenau
  • This existence is so new to me, that I feel as if I had been born again.

  • It was a healthy fever in so far as it implied devotion to an ideal, the ideal of true art, which was then born again.

    Vie de Bohme | Orlo Williams
  • April is my natal month, and I am born again into new delight and new surprises at each return of it.

    Heroes of To-Day | Mary R. Parkman

British Dictionary definitions for born-again


/ (ˈbɔːnəˌɡɛn) /

  1. having experienced conversion, esp to evangelical Christianity

  2. showing the enthusiasm of one newly converted to any cause: a born-again monetarist

  1. a person who shows fervent enthusiasm for a new-found cause, belief, etc

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