incarnation

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noun in·car·na·tion \ˌin-(ˌ)kär-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of incarnation

  1. 1a (1) :  the embodiment of a deity or spirit in some earthly form (2) capitalized :  the union of divinity with humanity in Jesus Christb :  a concrete or actual form of a quality or concept; especially :  a person showing a trait or typical character to a marked degree she is the incarnation of goodness

  2. 2 :  the act of incarnating :  the state of being incarnate

  3. 3 :  a particular physical form or state :  version in another incarnation he might be a first vice-president — Walter Teller TV and movie incarnations of the story

incarnational

play play \ˌin-(ˌ)kär-ˈnā-shə-nəl, -shnəl\ adjective

Examples of incarnation in a Sentence

  1. the doctrine of the Incarnation

  2. she is the very incarnation of grace and tactfulness

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First Known Use of incarnation

14th century

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INCARNATION Defined for English Language Learners

incarnation

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Definition of incarnation for English Language Learners

  • : one of a series of lives that a person is believed to have had in the past in some religions

  • : a person who represents a quality or idea

  • the Incarnation in the Christian religion : the belief in Jesus Christ as both God and a human being



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