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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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 Now, the space is ready for its full reincarnation as Georgia James, a steakhouse specializing in cast-iron seared steaks and seafood. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Houston in October 2018," 1 Oct. 2018 In other words: A tick better than Todd Graham but less than the reincarnation of Frank Kush. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "Pac-12 Power Rankings Week 6: Huskies-Ducks will be a battle of 1 vs. 2 in Eugene," 8 Oct. 2018 That was an event from a past life, a previous reincarnation; time now, his calm regard said, to live this moment. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018 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

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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


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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