metempsychosis

[ muh-tem-suh-koh-sis, -temp-, met-uh m-sahy- ]
/ məˌtɛm səˈkoʊ sɪs, -ˌtɛmp-, ˌmɛt əm saɪ- /

noun, plural me·tem·psy·cho·ses [muh-tem-suh-koh-seez, -temp-, met-uh m-sahy-] /məˌtɛm səˈkoʊ siz, -ˌtɛmp-, ˌmɛt əm saɪ-/.

the transmigration of the soul, especially the passage of the soul after death from a human or animal to some other human or animal body.

Origin of metempsychosis

1580–90; < Late Latin < Greek, equivalent to metempsȳchō-, variant stem of metempsȳchoûsthai to pass from one body into another (see met-, em-2, psycho-) + -sis -sis

Related forms

met·em·psy·chic [met-uh m-sahy-kik] /ˌmɛt əmˈsaɪ kɪk/, me·tem·psy·cho·sic, me·tem·psy·cho·si·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for metempsychosis

metempsychosis

/ (ˌmɛtəmsaɪˈkəʊsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)

the migration of a soul from one body to another
the entering of a soul after death upon a new cycle of existence in a new body either of human or animal form

Derived Forms

metempsychosist, noun

Word Origin for metempsychosis

C16: via Late Latin from Greek, from metempsukhousthai, from meta- + -em- in + psukhē soul
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