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

Definition of incarnation

1 : the act of incarnating : the state of being incarnate
2 : 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
3a : 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
b(1) capitalized : the union of divinity with humanity in Jesus Christ
(2) : the embodiment of a deity or spirit in some earthly form

Other Words from incarnation

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

Examples of incarnation in a Sentence

the doctrine of the Incarnation she is the very incarnation of grace and tactfulness
Recent Examples on the Web In this original incarnation, Bushman is the merciless leader of a group of mercenaries taking out rebel camps in Sudan. Tracy Brownstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 While Harvey was amusing, this incarnation of a possibly insane guy who sees a tall rabbit is not. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Apr. 2022 On that count and every other in this latest incarnation, Ewoldt acquits herself as a gifted and lovable inheritor of the role. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 According to people familiar with the situation, this incarnation of the group will include original vocalist/guitarist Jeremy Enigk, guitarist Dan Hoerner and drummer William Goldsmith playing with as-yet-unnamed additional musicians. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 24 Jan. 2022 As for why this modern incarnation exists at all, the story goes that one of Morgan’s investors spotted an early sketch of the CX-T on a wall of the design studio, and said it simply must be made real. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 In this incarnation, curators Gavin Morrison and Lucia Simek tapped Donegan, who has hung a long scroll painting made of component parts that are periodically switched out during the run of the show. Matthew Bourbon, Dallas News, 9 July 2021 The sequel opens with Laura on her wedding day receiving a visit from her Sicilian mafioso fiancé Massimo (Michele Morrone, the human incarnation of the smoldering ruins of Rome circa AD 64) before their nuptials. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 27 Apr. 2022 Today Shein, the latest incarnation, is an online-only global fashion empire with customers in 150 countries and $11 billion in annual sales. Jon Markman, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of incarnation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b(2)

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“Incarnation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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