em·bodi·ment | \im-ˈbä-di-mənt \

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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Meanwhile, Tommy Lee Jones strides around as the living embodiment of journalism’s pre-CNN gravitas, but the only non-white character of note, the aforementioned soldier (Luke Tennie), is a victim at best, a prop for naïve patriotism at worst. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Liberal outrage in Rob Reiner's 'Shock and Awe'," 12 July 2018 The unique form that appears to be suspended from Kom_i's body expresses the mysterious embodiment of the enigmatic princess who looks human but is not. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Watch J-Pop Group Wednesday Campanella's New Video, 'The Bamboo Princess'," 6 July 2018 The relationship between [brand spokesman] Jay and his beloved dog Duke is the embodiment of the BUSH’S brand, and has been a part of our family story for more than 20 years. Kate Hogan, PEOPLE.com, "Duke, the Bush's Baked Beans Dog, Has Died," 4 July 2018 My mom has been the very embodiment of kvelling since that phone call. Sophie Cannon, BostonGlobe.com, "Cambridge student wins scholastic gold medal," 30 Apr. 2018 Makeup artist Hung Vanngo shared a Selena Gomez selfie that was the very embodiment of luminous, her healthy good looks centering around slicked back lengths, a dewy complexion, and warm pressings of peach pigment. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Selena Gomez Nails a Supernatural Glow," 29 Apr. 2018 Chang, to quickly refresh, began his career as the very embodiment of client- directed hostility. Brett Martin, GQ, "GQ's Best New Restaurants in America, 2018," 23 Apr. 2018 Whatever the merits of the suit, Mr. de Blasio and his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg, are the very embodiment of a possible line of defense by the oil companies. Jim Dwyer, New York Times, "Battling Climate Change from the Back Seat of an S.U.V.," 11 Jan. 2018 At the center of Pete's projects was a gigantic1950s Skil circular saw, the very embodiment of the American power tool. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "An Ode to the Circular Saw," 6 June 2014

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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

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

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evasion of direct action or statement

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