metempsychose

transitive verb
me·​tem·​psy·​chose | \ məˈtem(p)sə̇ˌkōs, ˌmetə̇mˈsīˌk-, -ōz \
variants: or less commonly metempsychosize \ məˌtem(p)sə̇ˈkōˌsīz , ˌmetə̇mˌsīˈk-​ \
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of metempsychose

: to translate or transfer (as the soul) from one body to another

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History and Etymology for metempsychose

metempsychose, back-formation from Late Latin metempsychosis; metempsychosize from Late Latin metempsychosis + English -ize

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“Metempsychose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metempsychose. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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