[ pal-in-jen-uh-sis ]

  1. rebirth; regeneration.

  2. Biology.

    • embryonic development that reproduces the ancestral features of the species.

    • Obsolete. the supposed generation of organisms from others preformed in the germ cells.

  1. baptism in the Christian faith.

  2. the doctrine of transmigration of souls.

Origin of palingenesis

1615–25; <New Latin <Greek pálin again + génesisgenesis

Other words from palingenesis

  • pal·in·ge·ne·si·an [pal-in-juh-nee-zhee-uhn, -zhuhn], /ˌpæl ɪn dʒəˈni ʒi ən, -ʒən/, pal·in·ge·net·ic [pal-in-juh-net-ik], /ˌpæl ɪn dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjective
  • pal·in·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby palingenesis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use palingenesis in a sentence

  • Delormel, Descartes, and Lavater were struck with the tremendous importance of the doctrine of palingenesis.

    Reincarnation | Th. Pascal
  • But he has so little mastered it that he has never understood the distinction between palingenesis and cenogenesis.

    The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel
  • The process of the palingenesis—this picture of immortality—is described.

    The Browning Cyclopdia | Edward Berdoe
  • It could not last long upon these terms, and again it passed away, and still waits its second palingenesis.

    Literary Friends And Acquaintances | William Dean Howells
  • Some can push by the awful hour and live again, but for Anna Dickinson there could be, and was, no such palingenesis.

    Literary Friends And Acquaintances | William Dean Howells

British Dictionary definitions for palingenesis


/ (ˌpælɪnˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) /

nounplural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. Christianity spiritual rebirth through metempsychosis of Christian baptism

  2. biology another name for recapitulation (def. 2)

Origin of palingenesis

C19: from Greek palin again + genesis birth, genesis

Derived forms of palingenesis

  • palingenetic (ˌpælɪndʒəˈnɛtɪk), adjective
  • palingenetically, adverb

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