Definition of reincarnation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrēənkärˈnāSH(ə)n/


1The rebirth of a soul in a new body.
Example sentences
  • 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;
rare transanimation
1.1A person or animal in whom a particular soul is believed to have been reborn: he is said to be a reincarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu
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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.
1.2A 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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Syllabification: re·in·car·na·tion

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