metempsychosis

noun
me·​tem·​psy·​cho·​sis | \ mə-ˌtem(p)-si-ˈkō-səs How to pronounce metempsychosis (audio) , ˌme-təm-ˌsī- How to pronounce metempsychosis (audio) \

Definition of metempsychosis

: the passing of the soul at death into another body either human or animal

First Known Use of metempsychosis

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metempsychosis

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

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“Metempsychosis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metempsychosis. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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