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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Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle, who weren’t involved with the previous Telltale titles, will head this new incarnation of the studio. Nick Romano,, "Telltale Games, home of Batman and The Walking Dead series, revived after shutdown," 28 Aug. 2019 The challenge for the new incarnation is to be as open and complex about post-menopausal life as the last one was about everything that comes before. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "'Is 55 Too Old to Go on Tinder?' What Dating Looks Like for the Middle-Aged," 6 Aug. 2019 The new incarnation of the 2001 award-winning musical movie opened last night at the Al Hirschfield Theater. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How Karen Olivo Got Ready to Celebrate the Opening Night of Moulin Rouge!," 26 July 2019 Today, the same alchemy that pervades his original experience carried over to all of the spin-off productions, getting a fresh jolt of creative energy each time -- including, yet again, with the new incarnation. Scott Huver, CNN, "The 'Circle of Life' brings singer Lebo M back to 'The Lion King'," 17 July 2019 Hidden behind a sleek blue facade, the renovation suggests that this new incarnation will write a future every bit as compelling as its rock-and-roll past. Abigail Stone,, "h Club is the new club rising above in L.A.," 10 June 2019 There isn’t an ounce of pretension in this new incarnation. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "A Clear-Eyed Assessment of the New Four Seasons—By Someone Who Loved the Old One," 7 Sep. 2018 And much of that can be tied to Peña’s turn as a doomed DEA agent, an emotionally compelling good guy the original incarnation had been missing. Ew Staff,, "Emmys 2019: EW picks the dark-horse contenders who deserve nominations," 12 July 2019 This latest incarnation of the pier was built in the late 1980s and rehabbed in 2006. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Imperial Beach: Most southwesterly city in the continental United States," 30 June 2019

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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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