Definition of metempsychosis in English:


Line breaks: met|em|psy¦chosis
Pronunciation: /ˌmɛtɛmsʌɪˈkəʊsɪs

noun (plural metempsychoses /-siːz/)

[mass noun]
  • The supposed transmigration at death of the soul of a human being or animal into a new body of the same or a different species: like Eliot he has an interest in metempsychosis [count noun]: the speaker perceives himself as an avatar in a sustained metempsychosis
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    • His religious teaching centred on the doctrine of metempsychosis, or the transmigration of souls from man to man, man to animal, or animal to man in a process of purification or punishment.
    • Spiritualism, pan-animism, metempsychosis and reincarnation were at the radical end of a spectrum, but wide consensus existed for accepting evolution as a creed of progress.
    • So Virginia, Laura and Clarissa demonstrate a metempsychosis, a transmigration of souls; the languor of their private breakdowns are cousins to each other.



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  • The opening female vocal ululations soon enough refract electronically, and the summoned whalesong dimension spires into an urgent metempsychotic groove.




late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek metempsukhōsis, from meta- (expressing change) + en 'in' + psukhē 'soul'.

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