ˈbȯrn-ə-ˈgen How to pronounce born-again (audio)
: 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
: having returned to or newly adopted an activity, a conviction, or a persona especially with a proselytizing zeal
a born-again conservative

Examples of born-again in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 2011 film starred Samuel L. Jackson as Black, an ex-convict and born-again Christian who tries to dissuade White (Tommy Lee Jones, who also directed) from suicide. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 13 June 2023 But Owen is no less fascinating, Pullman’s sharp turn pinned to where dissatisfaction leads the weak-willed (which could also be applied to Jem’s dad, and Simpson’s ultrafine portrayal of a wrecked born-again addicted to the fumes of his old life). Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2023 Chelsea was closer with the girls on her team, fashion-types who, in a past life, were Midwest Christian-types born-again in fuzzy pink cardigans and Dries boots. ELLE, 26 Apr. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of born-again was in 1861

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Cite this Entry

“Born-again.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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