embodiment

noun
em·​bodi·​ment | \ im-ˈbä-di-mənt How to pronounce embodiment (audio) \

Definition of embodiment

1 : one that embodies something the embodiment of all our hopes
2 : the act of embodying : the state of being embodied

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Examples of embodiment in a Sentence

She's the embodiment of all our hopes. Mother Theresa was often regarded as the embodiment of selfless devotion to others.
Recent Examples on the Web Miranda’s ascension to superstardom is the embodiment of the Puerto Rican-American Dream. Washington Post, "‘Hamilton’ isn’t just an artistic achievement — it’s also a moment of Puerto Rican pride," 3 July 2020 The New Mexico native’s oeuvre has been praised for its embodiment of the New Mexican experience. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "Author Rudolfo Anaya, towering figure of Chicano literature, dies at 82," 30 June 2020 These stories helped instruct young African-Americans about their embodiment and their vulnerability. Elizabeth Alexander, The New Yorker, "The Trayvon Generation," 15 June 2020 For me, their cooing is an aural embodiment of peace. Medea Giordano, Wired, "A Bird Feeder Will Bring You Joy," 14 June 2020 And, like looking through a pair of binoculars, these two lenses perfectly aligned in the moment after Ahmaud fell, magnifying the embodiment of white supremacy in his murderer. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Rout the Racism From Your Very Bones," 10 June 2020 Thomas Jefferson talked about the citizen soldier, and the embodiment of the citizen soldier these days is the National Guard and Reserve. CBS News, "Transcript: Condoleezza Rice discusses race on "Face the Nation," June 7, 2020," 7 June 2020 Wallace may be the physical embodiment of the media establishment. Karl Vick, Time, "“I’m a Contrarian.” Chris Wallace on His Role at Fox News and His First Book," 4 June 2020 Sal and Nick were the embodiment of professionalism in a time of absolute chaos. Philip Montgomery, New York Times, "Fear, Trauma, Hope and Calm," 15 May 2020

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First Known Use of embodiment

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of embodiment was in 1828

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9 Jul 2020

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“Embodiment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embodiment. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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embodiment

noun
How to pronounce embodiment (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of embodiment

somewhat formal : someone or something that is a perfect representative or example of a quality, idea, etc.

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