in·​car·​na·​tion | \ ˌin-(ˌ)kär-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce incarnation (audio) \

Definition of incarnation

1a(1) : the embodiment of a deity or spirit in some earthly form
(2) capitalized : the union of divinity with humanity in Jesus Christ
b : 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 : the act of incarnating : the state of being incarnate
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

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Other Words from incarnation

incarnational \ ˌin-​(ˌ)kär-​ˈnā-​shə-​nᵊl How to pronounce incarnational (audio) , -​shnəl How to pronounce incarnational (audio) \ adjective

Examples of incarnation in a Sentence

the doctrine of the Incarnation she is the very incarnation of grace and tactfulness

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There are the classic utility jumpsuits, like an army green incarnation by Jonathan Simkhai or a short-sleeve version in a sandy hue by Staud. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "A Jumpsuit Is Your One-and-Done Spring Statement Piece," 10 Apr. 2019 Emilie Scheetz, as college-age Alison, beautifully captures the confusing mix of fear and giddiness that accompanies coming out, while Raina Grabowski lights up the stage as Alison’s youngest incarnation. Matthew J. Palm,, "'Fun Home' cast at Mad Cow Theatre compels in tale of growing up, accepting loss," 5 June 2018 On the menu: Burgers, hot dogs, chicken, salads, wraps, sandwiches, Chicago-style and Maxwell Street Polish, dry or dipped Italian beef, homemade soups and homemade ice cream in various incarnations. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Burgers, desserts, compassion are staples at Sizzles in Lockport," 12 July 2018 What is surprising is that this imposing building — its entrance presided over by a statue of Buddha left from a previous incarnation — has been chosen to house the first American restaurant from Sanjeev Kapoor, the most famous chef in India. Priya Krishna, New York Times, "They Were Fans of the Chef. Now They Run His Restaurant.," 6 Mar. 2018 Salmon & Trout's previous incarnation remains firmly part of its present, as evidenced by rows of electric bikes hanging from '60s-style square arch windows and spare parts poking out of wire boxes stored behind the tiny drinks counter. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "34 Best Restaurants in Tokyo," 2 Mar. 2018 The first incarnation of Presidents' Day actually began with George Washington. Megan Stein, Country Living, "When is Presidents' Day and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 14 Feb. 2019 On Friday and Saturday, vendors set up displays in Glencoe selling merchandise to passersby in the 2018 incarnation of the annual outdoor event. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Glencoe Sidewalk Sale draws people into the heat for yearly two-day event," 3 July 2018 The Belgian Dewaele brothers come together in many incarnations. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "15 Must-See Dance Acts at Coachella 2018," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of incarnation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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English Language Learners Definition of incarnation

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

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