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.

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In the early days of the lie detector, G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown likened the device to an embodiment of medieval superstition: a mingling of hope and misunderstanding and magic. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Lie Detector in the Age of Alternative Facts," 29 Mar. 2018 Mike is the living, breathing embodiment of the school's Tiger mascot. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Millions watch video of Mike the Tiger 'stalk' LSU visitor. Then his caretaker pounced," 21 June 2018 Those who took to the streets eyed the black officer in their path and saw the embodiment of a sellout. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Protesters called him ‘Uncle Tom.’ He took the abuse because that’s how the CHP – and his dad – trained him," 27 Mar. 2018 Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, and their ilk can be held to a higher standard if Google is able to give that standard a physical embodiment, and that’s what the Pixel line represents. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Sales are a measure of sales, not importance," 16 Oct. 2018 Simply by existing, the navy is the physical embodiment of Bolivia’s refusal to give up. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Bolivia Is Landlocked. Don't Tell That to Its Navy," 11 May 2018 Heidi, however, is the walking embodiment of a down-to-earth mountain jockess. Candice Rainey, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It's Like to Ski With an Olympian," 4 Dec. 2018 Hayward had become, in some ways, the extreme embodiment of an urge secretly harbored in labs and science parks everywhere. Eric Boodman, STAT, "A career in biotech brought success. Then the birds came calling," 24 May 2018 With her flamenco-esque red Rosie Assoulin dress and matching headband of large scarlet flowers, Flicker looked like the living embodiment of the dancing-woman emoji. Andrea Park, Allure, "Emmy Awards Guest Sarah Sophie Flicker Wrote "Stop Kavanaugh" on Her Arm," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of embodiment

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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