\ ˈbȯrn-ə-ˈgen How to pronounce born-again (audio) , -ˈgin, -ˈgān \

Definition of born-again

1 : of, relating to, or being a usually Christian person who has made a renewed or confirmed commitment of faith especially after an intense religious experience
2 : having returned to or newly adopted an activity, a conviction, or a persona especially with a proselytizing zeal a born-again conservative

First Known Use of born-again

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for born-again

from the verse "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God" John 3:3 (King James Version)

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“Born-again.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of born-again

: having a new or stronger belief in the Christian religion
: newly interested in and enthusiastic about something and eager to make other people think the way you do


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