Definition of reincarnation in English:


Line breaks: re|incar|na¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌriːɪnkɑːˈneɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1The rebirth of a soul in another body.
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    • He was a great thinker, and he taught that eating meat was wrong because of the principles of transmigration of souls, or reincarnation.
    • Displaying an incredible amount of maturity and wisdom for their young age, these kids share their most inner thoughts and reveal their deepest beliefs on death, reincarnation and the afterlife.
    • Oddly enough, his belief in reincarnation was brought to Cuba by American missionaries from the American Theosophical Society.
    rebirth, transmigration of the soul, metempsychosis; Hinduism & Buddhism samsara
    rare transanimation
  • 1.1 [count noun] A person or animal in whom a particular soul is believed to have been reborn: he believed he was the reincarnation of Louis XVI
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    • The Dalai Lama was believed to be a reincarnation of Buddha.
    • Some Hindus in Nepal even worship him as a reincarnation of the deity Vishnu.
    • She looked like a reincarnation of Isis herself.
  • 1.2 [count noun] A new version of something from the past: the latest reincarnation of the hippie look
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    • The producer of the present production is Mr Hobbs, and he has been associated with this show in many of its reincarnations in the past.
    • He believed that Baptists represented a reincarnation of apostolic Christianity, the truest expression of the faith that had become corrupted during the second century with the introduction of infant baptism.
    • Southern armies thus became more than a reincarnation of Norman knights; they strove to be the military arm of God, just as the Roundheads of old had been.

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