re·​in·​car·​na·​tion | \ ˌrē-(ˌ)in-(ˌ)kär-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce reincarnation (audio) \

Definition of reincarnation

1a : the action of reincarnating : the state of being reincarnated
b : rebirth in new bodies or forms of life especially : a rebirth of a soul in a new human body
2 : a fresh embodiment

Examples of reincarnation in a Sentence

Many people believe in reincarnation.

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Tibetan Buddhists regard the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of his 13 predecessors. Sugam Pokharel And Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Dalai Lama apologizes for 'attractive' female successor remark," 2 July 2019 The streets outside the modern reincarnation of the Stonewall Inn were blocked off Friday in preparation for a day of celebrations including musical performances and an evening rally. Washington Post, "The Latest: Celebrities salute Stonewall on 50th anniversary," 28 June 2019 Over the last several decades it's seen its fair share of reincarnations. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Galveston's Carr Mansion claims spot on Texas Monthly's best new hotels list," 20 June 2019 Despite its modern furnishings, the Keystone Korner feels less like an entirely new restaurant in Harbor East and more like a reincarnation. Christina Tkacik,, "Quick bite: At Keystone Korner, jazz and food, reincarnated," 19 June 2019 Or Fragonard’s Stolen Kiss, in the St. Petersburg Hermitage: that will have to wait for some future Slavic reincarnation. María Gainza, Harper's magazine, "Both Sides Now," 10 May 2019 That Was Promised, who is basically the reincarnation of Azor Ahai, and destined to save mankind from the darkness in its second coming—which, sure seems to have been the White Walkers and the Army of the Dead. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Is Arya Azor Ahai? The Battle of Winterfell in 'Game of Thrones'," 29 Apr. 2019 Another sedan being killed off this year, the Chevrolet Impala, has had an even longer history and more reincarnations. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Daddy, What’s a Sedan?," 4 Jan. 2019 This is absurd, of course, and these sophisticated New Yorkers, headed by a no-nonsense matriarch (Lauren Bacall), are not about to start believing in reincarnation on the say-so of a cranky kid. Jon Fobes,, "Nicole Kidman's mind-blowing philosophy lesson: Beyond Belief (opinion video)," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of reincarnation

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of reincarnation was in 1845

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English Language Learners Definition of reincarnation

: the idea or belief that people are born again with a different body after death
: someone who has been born again with a different body after death


re·​in·​car·​na·​tion | \ ˌrē-ˌin-ˌkär-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce reincarnation (audio) \

Kids Definition of reincarnation

: rebirth of the soul in a new body after death

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