transitive verb me·tem·psy·chose \məˈtem(p)sə̇ˌkōs, ˌmetə̇mˈsīˌk-, -ōz\
variants: less commonly


\məˌtem(p)sə̇ˈkōˌsīz, ˌmetə̇mˌsīˈk-\

Definition of metempsychose


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

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Origin and Etymology of metempsychose

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

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a trip made at another's expense

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