Definition of incarnation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪnkɑːˈneɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnkɑːrˈneɪʃn//
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  1. 1[countable] a period of life in a particular form one of the incarnations of 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. her previous incarnation as a Norse explorer
  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] (also the Incarnation) (in Christianity) the act of God coming to earth in human form as Jesus
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (as a term in Christian theology): via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin incarnatio(n-), from the verb incarnare, from in- ‘into’ + caro, carn- ‘flesh’.
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