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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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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Now subscription cost $8 per month; this on-demand streaming incarnation has the potential to cost much more. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia Shield TV levels up to full-featured PC gaming with free GeForce Now beta," 11 July 2018 But in this incarnation of the Hawks, with whatever part of their championship window remains ajar, Kane needs a threat on the left wing. Steve Rosenbloom,, "The Blackhawks' summer shopping list should include a sniper for Patrick Kane," 11 Apr. 2018 This latest incarnation is working to expand awareness of Discovery Green and its various offerings and programs for the community. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Canned Acoustica keeps Discovery Green fresh," 14 Mar. 2018 Such is the madness inspired by Moncler, whose Genius project celebrated its third incarnation with a staggering Fall 2019 presentation that contained one exceptionally clever winter beauty trick. Monica Kim, Vogue, "This Winter Beauty Hack From the Moncler Show Is, Well, Genius," 21 Feb. 2019 In its earliest incarnation, the bunny offered love: a perfect, crimson heart extended from its ASCII body like a valentine waiting to be claimed. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 For viewers who have seen the movie in its various incarnations since its premiere, each new version has breathed fresh life into the film, making for an evolving experience that pays dividends with each subsequent viewing. Steve Marinucci, Billboard, "Restorer of Beatles Film 'Yellow Submarine' Talks 'State of the Art' Version Coming to Big Screen For 50th Anniversary," 9 July 2018 In his new incarnation as an aging statesman, Sadr hasn’t shifted all that much. Thanassis Cambanis,, "How did Iraq’s Moqtada al-Sadr become a statesman? People just got used to him," 26 May 2018 La Casa de Bandini, an adobe built in 1827, became a two-story hotel, stagecoach office, olive cannery and Mexican restaurant before returning to its 1870s incarnation as the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Jeanne Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle, "Top 10 California parks: Spend the night, but ditch the tent," 9 May 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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an act or instance of returning to life

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