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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Louis was the embodiment of the notion that some people were born to be rulers – and everyone else just needed to follow the rules. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "European royalty's most over-the-top summer retreats, from Versailles to Neuschwanstein," 8 July 2019 As well as his evident technical and defensive prowess, Maguire is also the embodiment of reliability and consistency. SI.com, "Harry Maguire: 4 Qualities the Leicester Star Will Bring to Either Man Utd or Man City," 3 July 2019 Aloo gobi is the embodiment of what makes Indian home cooking so special to me. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "The Sneaky, Easy Trick to My Mom’s Perfect Aloo Gobi," 10 June 2019 Biarritz, France Swimming in turquoise waters, sipping rosé at sunset, breathing in scents of lavender: The South of France is the embodiment of French glamour and sophistication. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Most Beautiful Places in Europe," 30 May 2019 Edi Alimi Sanchez is the embodiment of this complicated relationship. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "An unlikely feud between beekeepers and Mennonites simmers in Mexico," 12 Apr. 2019 In accordance with the preferred embodiment, a person at a first user interface controls the stimulation device(s) located at a second user interface. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Cybersex toy industry heats up as infamous “teledildonics” patent climaxes," 18 Aug. 2018 The full ensemble shines in the first act, as does the set, which is the living, breathing embodiment of the rawness of the characters. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's not a show, it's a movement. 'Hamilton' wows at Kentucky Center," 6 June 2019 Clark’s theories underemphasize the importance of other people as the primary embodiment of external representation, rather than our own bodies, machines, or objects in the world. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 24 Mar. 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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