Definition of incarnation in English:

incarnation

Syllabification: in·car·na·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌinkärˈnāSHən
 
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noun

1A person who embodies in the flesh a deity, spirit, or abstract quality: Rama was Vishnu’s incarnation on earth
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  • These deity incarnations are manifested to give facility to the devotees of the Lord so that they can worship Him in that particular deity form to whom they have developed attraction.
  • The leader claims to be the incarnation of a deity, angel, or special messenger.
  • ‘We recognise avatar as an incarnation of a deity,’ laughs Jayachandran.
Synonyms
embodiment, personification, exemplification, type, epitome; manifestation, bodily form, avatar
1.1 (the Incarnation) (In Christian theology) the embodiment of God the Son in human flesh as Jesus Christ.
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  • Incarnation, a volume in the New Century Theology series, reads as an extended meditation on the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.
  • The Incarnation of Jesus Christ is God's Self-revelation to the world.
  • I write as an Anglican theologian of the Cross, who understands the Atonement, or God for us, as prior in theology to the Incarnation, or God with us.
2(With reference to reincarnation) one of a series of lifetimes that a person spends on earth: in my next incarnation, I’d like to be the Secretary of Fun
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  • The easy question to be answered is the latter because in most forms of reincarnation that are taught, we go through a series of incarnations so that we may become wise and learn from our past mistakes.
  • I don't know how you feel about it, but you were male in your last earthly incarnation.
  • Except that it determines the course and context of your next earthly incarnation, rather than whether you'll be spirited off to heaven or hell.
Synonyms
2.1The form in which a person spends an incarnation.
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  • I know, I know, quizzes suck, but it's Kylie - Which incarnation of Kylie are you?
  • In either incarnation, he has had little use for Isaiah Berlin or John Dewey.
  • He does occasionally, in this incarnation, convene meetings to condemn the growing criminalisation of politics, uneven development or corruption in the country.

Origin

Middle English (as a term in Christian theology): via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin incarnatio(n-), from the verb incarnare (see incarnate).

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