metempsychose

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