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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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 To investors, the protests were an embodiment of risk factors described in Uber’s initial public offering filing. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Drivers Lead Protests Ahead of Uber IPO," 8 May 2019 Justice Kavanaugh is the embodiment of rich, white, male privilege. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The Time 100 List Includes Both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh—and People Have Thoughts," 17 Apr. 2019 With his glitter leggings and penchant for twerking on indoor cycling bikes, Wimberly was pretty much the human embodiment of a fitness festival. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "This Is What Actually Goes Down at a Fitness Festival," 27 Oct. 2018 The conference is the embodiment of a credibility issue these days. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Pac-12, Conference of Champions? Right now, ‘Conference of Credibility Issues’ is a better nickname," 23 Oct. 2018 Let’s be honest: the classic 1987 jam is the literal musical embodiment of good vibes. refinery29.com, "Meghan & Harry's First Dance Was To The Perfect Song & I Won't Hear Another Word About It," 20 May 2018 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

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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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