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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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 History has already proven Zucker, a potato with glasses, to be the living embodiment of television’s most sociopathic impulses. Drew Magary, GQ, "TV Shows Are Too Long Now," 4 May 2018 The younger Mulaney presents him as the embodiment of order, a rigid rule-follower who was baffled by his son’s stranger tendencies as a youth. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Secret Star of John Mulaney's Kid Gorgeous," 1 May 2018 Howard Fink, 83, a Loyola season ticketholder who is travelling to Atlanta for Loyola’s Sweet 16 matchup against Nevada, said Sister Jean is the living embodiment of what makes Loyola special. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "After 33 years of mediocrity, Loyola-Chicago embraces March Madness, Cinderella Ramblers," 21 Mar. 2018 The moment is a striking embodiment of Emerson’s mission: trying to reach people, one at a time or community by community, to show them that, ultimately, our stories are the same. Alexandra Robbins, Marie Claire, "The Welcome Committee," 15 Aug. 2018 The second is that the NHS is a unique embodiment of compassion. The Economist, "The three myths of the NHS," 28 June 2018 His denunciations of globalism drew murmurs from other members of the organization that stands as the very embodiment of the notion. Jonathan Lemire And Zeke Miller, Fox News, "Trump challenges UN, boasting of America's go-it-alone might," 25 Sep. 2018 His denunciations of globalism drew murmurs from other members of the organization that stands as the very embodiment of the notion. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump to meet with Netanyahu, chair Security Council meeting," 25 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

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

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