Definition of born-again in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbôrnəˈɡen/


1(Of a person) converted to a personal faith in Christ (with reference to John 3:3): a born-again Christian
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  • Contrast him to his opponent Jimmy Carter, a born-again Southern Baptist, a Sunday school teacher, and brother to a prominent faith healer.
  • In the pages leading up to the novel's climax, both Cameron Williams and Chloe Stole, the most skeptical and secular of the book's protagonists, embrace Christ and become born-again Christians.
  • Protestant fundamentalists believe that shortly before the end, all the born-again Christians with true faith will be snatched up to heaven, and they call this Rapture.
1.1Having the extreme enthusiasm of the newly converted or reconverted: born-again environmentalists
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  • Announce ourselves, like those born-again virgins in America, to be newly without sin?
  • He has lost all faith in nihilism and is a born-again Linux enthusiast.
  • Maybe my enthusiasm is just that of a born-again geek, but I'm inclined to agree.


chiefly North American
A born-again Christian.
Example sentences
  • Any smugness on my part, though, must be tempered by the admission that if it were the Bible that you were talking about, then we'd be in there swinging to get hold of Ezekiel before the Methodists or the born-agains.
  • Followers bring born-agains into the fold (including diva disciple Sylvester).
  • They have an evangelical fervour that turns speakers into born-agains, again and again.

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Syllabification: born-a·gain

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