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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No, literally — in addition to the quasi-religious devotion that many modern musicians receive, the characters of The Wicked & the Divine are literally the reincarnations of primal deities like Baal and Morrigan. Christian Holub,, "5 comics to read in September: Endings and beginnings for fairies and gods," 4 Sep. 2019 The planes debuted in 2017 as the newest reincarnation of Boeing's 737 and quickly became the best-selling airliner ever, with almost 400 worldwide and airline orders for 4,500 more. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Are Max 737s closer to flying? FAA 'looks forward' to international panel's findings as grounding drags on," 21 Aug. 2019 But his religious curiosity later ran to yoga, New Age, numerology, astrology, the occult, astral projection and reincarnation. al, "The cult of Elvis lives on: Presley died 42 years ago," 16 Aug. 2019 Roughly six in 10 Americans believe in at least one New Age belief like astrology or reincarnation, according to a 2018 Pew Research study. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Crystals, healing, acceptance: Inside the world of Michigan's witches," 2 Aug. 2019 Two years later, Penor recognized film actor Steven Segal and other westerners as reincarnations of Rinpoches under a cloud of doubt. Jackson Barnett, The Denver Post, "Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Boulder-bred ‘king’ of Shambhala, chosen by his father to lead Buddhist community," 7 July 2019 The three-day service is in keeping with Hmong tradition, which holds that the time is needed for the soul to travel to its birthplace, the afterlife and eventually reincarnation. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Live Video: Visitation service for Milwaukee Police Officer Kou Her," 29 June 2019 Tan traditionalists beware: These are exaggerated reincarnations. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Does ‘Sustainable Fashion’ Really Mean Anything?," 17 June 2019 But the impending reincarnation of the Waffle Shop is an opportunity to contemplate the city that was, a tableau of retail nooks and crannies, many with their own character and culture. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "A dozen years later, a new life for an iconic D.C. greasy spoon," 21 July 2019

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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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: rebirth of the soul in a new body after death

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