reincarnation

[ree-in-kahr-ney-shuh n]

noun

the belief that the soul, upon death of the body, comes back to earth in another body or form.
rebirth of the soul in a new body.
a new incarnation or embodiment, as of a person.

Nearby words

  1. reimprison,
  2. reims,
  3. rein,
  4. rein in,
  5. reincarnate,
  6. reindeer,
  7. reindeer lake,
  8. reindeer moss,
  9. reindustrialization,
  10. reindustrialize

Origin of reincarnation

First recorded in 1855–60; re- + incarnation

Related formsre·in·car·na·tion·ist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for reincarnation

reincarnation

noun

the belief that on the death of the body the soul transmigrates to or is born again in another body
the incarnation or embodiment of a soul in a new body after it has left the old one at physical death
embodiment again in a new form, as of a principle or idea
Derived Formsreincarnationist, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for reincarnation

reincarnation

n.

1829, "fact of repeated incarnation," from re- "back, again" + incarnation. Meaning "a new embodiment" is from 1854.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for reincarnation

reincarnation

Being reborn in another body. Several religions, including Hinduism, believe that the human spirit returns to Earth in different forms again and again as it strives for perfection.

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