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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 and Etymology 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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