re·​in·​car·​na·​tion | \ˌrē-(ˌ)in-(ˌ)kär-ˈnā-shən \

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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These women have always lived here, through the reincarnations of the barrio named for Manuela Malasaña, a 15-year-old girl who defended her honor to the death, with pluck and a pair of scissors, against occupying Napoleonic forces. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Eat and Shop in Malasaña, the Williamsburg of Madrid," 22 July 2018 Now that every modern film franchise is destined for eternal reincarnation, no character is ever for-sure dead anymore. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The Trouble With Hollywood’s Gender Flips," 12 June 2018 The orientation of these bodies suggest an association with death and sunrise, the team writes in the study, which could signify the culture that buried them had ideas of reincarnation or an afterlife. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Germany’s “Stonehenge” Reveals Evidence of Human Sacrifice," 30 June 2018 Alas, Lerner’s book, in which a psychiatrist falls in love with a patient who appears both to have ESP and to be the reincarnation of an 18th-century English society lady who drowned in a shipwreck, was an obsessive mess. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’ Review: Confusion Clarified," 12 July 2018 In a scene that recurs over and over again in season two of Westworld, Dolores and Bernard Lowe, the artificial reincarnation of Arnold Weber, sit across from one another and converse. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Puzzled by Westworld? Look to Shakespeare.," 26 June 2018 In Chinese mythology, the motif is often depicted with a phoenix and a dragon; potent symbols of reincarnation and immortality. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "This Textile Has Been All Over Vogue—Here’s Where It Came From," 1 June 2018 In contrast, Eloquii is a reincarnation rather than a start-up. Ellen Rosen, New York Times, "Bringing a Personal Touch to Plus-Size Fashion," 8 Feb. 2018 Yet CajaSur’s reincarnation also speaks to the challenges of Europe’s recovery. Max Colchester, WSJ, "How to Fix a Holy Banking Mess in Spain? Boot the Priests, Bring in the Bankers," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of reincarnation

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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