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.
Recent Examples on the Web There can be an interest in near-death experiences, reincarnation or communication with one passed on., "Horoscope," 7 July 2020 Some have controversially used the list as evidence to support arguments for reincarnation. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: A 1964 conspiracy theory misrepresents Lincoln and Kennedy's similarities," 7 June 2020 But there is one pocket of the business that is undergoing a revival, even a reincarnation: the drive-in. NBC News, "Wisconsin's World Dairy Expo canceled due to COVID-19," 5 June 2020 And, finally, for those of us who thrill to Faulknerian logorrheic epic melodrama, McCarthy is something better than a reincarnation. James Matthew Wilson, National Review, "Great American Fiction and the Catholic Literary Imagination," 16 Apr. 2020 Fish head is Hastings’ latest tack at the new location of Hot and Hot, a reincarnation of the 24-year-old restaurant, now at the Martin Biscuit Building facing Third Avenue South in Pepper Place. Eric Velasco, al, "See all the changes at Hot & Hot Fish Club’s new location," 16 Mar. 2020 Asked if his brother would love the reincarnation, Jorge doesn’t hesitate. Eric Velasco, al, "Sol y Luna restaurant reopens, revives favorite dishes," 4 May 2020 For the exhibition’s present-day reincarnation, the Archives of American Art wanted to address a flaw in the original show to ensure that a more representative cross section of artists from the U.S. and abroad participated. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, "More Than Forty Years Later, Artists Answer a Still-Relevant Question: ‘What Is Feminist Art?’," 6 Mar. 2020 In the reincarnation of Dharma Punx, there are no gurus. Michelle Villegas Threadgould,, "What happens when your spiritual leader fails you? An SF group found out," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of reincarnation

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Reincarnation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of reincarnation

: rebirth of the soul in a new body after death

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