incarnation

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

Definition of incarnation

1 a (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

incarnational

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

noun

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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