an incarnate being or form.
a living being embodying a deity or spirit.
assumption of human form or nature.
the Incarnation, (sometimes lowercase)Theology. the doctrine that the second person of the Trinity assumed human form in the person of Jesus Christ and is completely both God and man.
a person or thing regarded as embodying or exhibiting some quality, idea, or the like: The leading dancer is the incarnation of grace.
the act of incarnating.
state of being incarnated.
- in·car·na·tion·al, adjective
- post·in·car·na·tion, adjective
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How to use incarnation in a sentence
What the company will look like on the other side of that shift remains to be seen, but out of economic necessity, ViacomCBS in the future will need to look different than its current incarnation.Change the channel: How ViacomCBS is managing the transition from linear TV to streaming | Tim Peterson | January 5, 2021 | Digiday
The current incarnation of their most well-known appliance is built for durability, style, and simplicity of use, and its large volume makes it a great choice for entertaining.Powerful food processors for dicing, slicing, and kneading | PopSci Commerce Team | October 2, 2020 | Popular-Science
It goes some way to explaining why Xbox has been very careful in how it promotes its latest incarnation.‘Asymmetrical in every sense’: The latest console wars see Sony and Microsoft pursue diverging battle plans | Seb Joseph | September 25, 2020 | Digiday
Our shape will no longer lie flat on the table, but mathematicians think of it as still “remembering” the flat geometry from its previous incarnation — so, for instance, paths are considered straight if they were straight in the unglued shape.Mathematicians Report New Discovery About the Dodecahedron | Erica Klarreich | August 31, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
What we’re realizing now is that they’re really hidden incarnations of symplectic phenomena.New Geometric Perspective Cracks Old Problem About Rectangles | Kevin Hartnett | June 25, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
The Twilight Zone would see another incarnation at the dawn of the 21st century, with Forest Whitaker as host.
These pathetic folks need to accept that “jazz has replaced classical music as the dreaded incarnation of eat-your-broccoli art.”
Although we are only a few episodes into Season 5, we are clearly dealing with a new incarnation of our main character.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero | Regina Lizik | October 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This finger-wagging about sexy photos is just the latest incarnation.In Defense of Nude Selfies: Don’t Shame ‘The Fappening’ Victims | Amanda Marcotte | September 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The latest incarnation of that church still stands on Khulafa Street in downtown Baghdad.In Threatening Baghdad, Militants Seek to Undo 800 Years of History | Justin Marozzi | August 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A coquette is said to be an imperfect incarnation of Cupid, as she keeps her beau, and not her arrows, in a quiver.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
The incarnation of a God in human form, the resurrection of a man or a God from the dead, are facts outside human experience.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Without this word of humility and obedience the incarnation of our divine Saviour would not have been accomplished.Mary, Help of Christians | Various
It came out of the sacred river; indeed, it might, perhaps, be the incarnation of the god Vishnu himself.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
And with him was old Lord Gervase Scoresby, his friend and cousin, the very incarnation of benignity and ruddy health.Mistress Wilding | Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for incarnation (1 of 2)
the act of manifesting or state of being manifested in bodily form, esp human form
a bodily form assumed by a god, etc
a person or thing that typifies or represents some quality, idea, etc: the weasel is the incarnation of ferocity
British Dictionary definitions for Incarnation (2 of 2)
Christian theol the assuming of a human body by the Son of God
Christianity the presence of God on Earth in the person of Jesus
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Cultural definitions for Incarnation
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