me·​tem·​psy·​cho·​sis mə-ˌtem(p)-si-ˈkō-səs How to pronounce metempsychosis (audio) ˌme-təm-ˌsī- How to pronounce metempsychosis (audio)
: the passing of the soul at death into another body either human or animal

Word History


Late Latin, from Greek metempsychōsis, from metempsychousthai to undergo metempsychosis, from meta- + empsychos animate, from en- + psychē soul — more at psych-

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metempsychosis was in 1591

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“Metempsychosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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