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.
Recent Examples on the Web The drama becomes the age-old embodiment of human beings caught in a trap. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 Hailey, a tall and lean 50 years old with a no-nonsense demeanor, is yet one more embodiment of modern-day Roanoke — an enterprising DIYer with a strong affection for the outdoors. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 The game is silly, senseless, and weirdly enjoyable—an embodiment of that specific sort of slap-happy, late-night sleepover energy. Louryn Strampe, Wired, 30 May 2021 Bradbury is perhaps the largest embodiment of the competitive mentality Sylvia teaches. BostonGlobe.com, 25 May 2021 Porter is the real-life embodiment of his character Pray Tell's 1994 dreams for the future -- a Black gay man from the church who became a star and still carries the legacy of those who came before him. Clay Cane, CNN, 25 May 2021 For many West Germans, Scrooge McDuck became a humorous embodiment of capitalist greed. Jeff Maysh, The New Yorker, 18 May 2021 As the subversive embodiment of the limits of knowledge, the cause of constant wonder and terror, that great whale, or its equivalent, had long lived deep inside him. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, 14 May 2021 Higbee himself in the embodiment of some of these inequities. Kevin Reynolds, Dallas News, 6 May 2021

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First Known Use of embodiment

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of embodiment was in 1828

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16 Jun 2021

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“Embodiment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embodiment. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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