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

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 Welcome to Martha’s Bedford Farm, the embodiment of the perfect farming and gardening life so many dream about! Jacob Siegal, BGR, 10 Aug. 2022 The program introduces the arts as an empowerment and embodiment tool that encourages participants to express their feelings. Deidre Montague, Hartford Courant, 27 July 2022 But what on film looks like an ironic embodiment of an antiquated trope—the European gentleman in Africa—in person comes across as something more like self-flagellation. Alice Gregory, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 How the ‘Tungsten Arm’ O’Doyle tweet became an embodiment of the Angels’ losing. Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2022 The performance is effortlessly warm and funny, an embodiment of the independent-mindedness and humility that characterize the best of us. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 11 July 2022 This first American presentation of the work of Lorenza Böttner explores how the 20th century Chilean German artist, who lost both arms as a child, used a variety of media to celebrate the complexities of her gender expression and embodiment. Dan Allen, NBC News, 6 July 2022 To Wordsmith, performances like this — ones that delve into different complexities such as enslavement and race — are all about embodiment. Ashley Barrientos, Baltimore Sun, 3 July 2022 Non-strenuous movement in a natural setting coupled with the goal of guiding participants through the sensing, embodiment and appreciation for their relationship to the natural world is the main focus. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 22 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of embodiment

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Embodiment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embodiment. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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