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Definition of incarnation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a period of life in a particular form one of the incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu He believed he had been a prince in a previous incarnation. (figurative) I worked for her in her earlier incarnation (= her previous job) as a lawyer.
  2. 2[countable] a person who represents a particular quality, for example, in human form synonym embodiment the incarnation of evil
  3. 3[singular, uncountable] the Incarnation (in Christianity) the act of God coming to earth in human form as Jesus
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