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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web But the core ethos — simple sandwiches built on stellar local ingredients and fresh-baked Old World-style bread — has anchored every incarnation. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "3 new restaurants to try in metro Phoenix for dumplings, pizza and French-inspired cuisine," 7 Feb. 2020 The cast of the new series Picard is mostly comprised of new faces to the Star Trek universe, besides the titular fearless leader, but includes many familiar characters from previous Trek incarnations that fans will be excited to see as well. Leah Marilla Thomas,, "All The New (& Old) Characters You Need To Know In Star Trek: Picard," 24 Jan. 2020 Organizers recently announced plans for the second incarnation of the festival, which made its debut last year over Memorial Day weekend in downtown Opelika. Mary Colurso |, al, "Opelika Songwriters Festival announces 28 acts for its second year," 22 Jan. 2020 This year’s incarnation of the Opelika Songwriters Festival is being produced by The Sound Wall and Russell Carter Artist Management, according to the festival website. Mary Colurso |, al, "Opelika Songwriters Festival announces 28 acts for its second year," 22 Jan. 2020 Its Chinese startups will be nurtured by MiraclePlus,YC China’s new, fully localised incarnation. The Economist, "Less where that came from Life is getting harder for foreign VCs in China," 9 Jan. 2020 But the company’s present incarnation really dates to 1977, the year Henry Racamier began running the company. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "How LVMH, Tiffany’s new owner, became the world’s biggest purveyor of luxury," 25 Nov. 2019 Members of the neighborhood group had expressed concerns that the proposal’s previous incarnation was too large and would have a negative impact on the area. John Hilliard,, "Newton to hold hearing on proposed Riverside development," 7 Jan. 2020 The original incarnation of the Two Popes script, Netflix asserts, was McCarten's play The Pope, which debuted at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton, England, in June 2017, and which McCarten then expanded. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: 'Two Popes' Screenplay Categorization Locked (Exclusive)," 30 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of incarnation

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

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Cite this Entry

“Incarnation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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