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 The novels follow Moiraine, a member of a powerful, all-women organization called the Aes Sedai, who finds five young people who could be the Dragon Reborn, a reincarnation of humanity’s savior or destroyer. Jordan Moreau,, "Fantasy shows to watch if you’re missing ‘Game of Thrones’," 16 Apr. 2021 Democrats have vilified the reforms as a more severe reincarnation of Jim Crow — inspiring lawsuits, boycotts, and national outrage. Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner, "EXCLUSIVE: Georgia's Raffensperger says provision stripping him of power is 'retribution' for election fallout," 8 Apr. 2021 From the looks of him, frankly, Garcia could be the reincarnation of Roberto Clemente. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "No matter who’s hitting behind him, the Rangers haven’t solved Joey Gallo’s power outage," 22 Apr. 2021 Two evil forces believe the 9-year-old son of adventurer Rick O’Connell is the key to the reincarnation of Isis. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Gandhi’; ‘Forrest Gump’ and more," 26 Feb. 2021 Hindus believe that bathing in the sacred Ganges on the auspicious days of the festival leads to salvation from the endless cycle of reincarnation. Tulasi Srinivas, The Conversation, "India prepares for Kumbh Mela, world’s largest religious gathering, amid COVID-19 fears," 8 Apr. 2021 Those in the industry attribute its popularity to factors from Taiwan’s dominant religions of Daoism and Buddhism and related beliefs in reincarnation and spirits, to a growing acceptance of alternative health practices like reiki and hypnosis. Washington Post, "Taiwan’s pet psychics gain ground with animal lovers looking for a connection," 29 Mar. 2021 The digital reincarnation of the groundbreaking 1980s music-and-culture TV series serves up a deep library of amazing artifacts from the 1970s–1990s, and the variety is impressive. Josef Adalian, Vulture, "Which Streaming Service Do You Actually Want?," 4 Mar. 2021 There's money to study doping in horse racing, study the succession (or reincarnation) of the Dalai Lama and mainland China's future reaction to it, and billions for foreign aid--a lot of it for countries that aren't necessarily allies. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: Extended holiday," 28 Dec. 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 16 May. 2021.

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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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