noun[mass noun] Biology
The exact reproduction of ancestral characteristics in ontogenesis.
- In a process the philosopher Ernst Cassirer, in his Essay on Man, called palingenesis, the past is recreated as a living organism in which every separate element is connected.
- Palingenesis has been used for the exact reproduction of ancestral features by inheritance.
- There was no obvious palingenesis bone shown in. the X-ray images.
- Example sentences
- Agreeing on the fact that ‘change could not come about by waiting for economic laws to ‘bring about palingenetic events’ ‘, Gramsci strongly advocated a voluntarist approach to politics.’
- Mazzini thought Italy's unity could be fostered only through ‘a collective palingenetic experience,’ by undergoing a process of ‘struggle, sacrifice, and martyrdom’ comparable to a religious transformation.
- Like other palingenetic movements, Strapaese did not condemn modernism and modernity outright but, as Braun argues, wished to reconcile aspects of modern technology and avant-gardism with adherence to tradition.
Early 19th century: from Greek palin 'again' + genesis 'birth'.
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