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metempsychosis

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noun me·tem·psy·cho·sis \mə-ˌtem(p)-si-ˈkō-səs, ˌme-təm-ˌsī-\

Definition of metempsychosis

  1. :  the passing of the soul at death into another body either human or animal



Origin of metempsychosis

Late Latin, from Greek metempsychōsis, from metempsychousthai to undergo metempsychosis, from meta- + empsychos animate, from en- + psychē soul — more at psych-


First Known Use: 1591


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