Definition of incarnation in English:


Pronunciation /ˌinkärˈnāSH(ə)n/ /ˌɪnkɑrˈneɪʃ(ə)n/

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  • 1A person who embodies in the flesh a deity, spirit, or abstract quality.

    ‘Rama was Vishnu's incarnation on earth’
    • ‘These deity incarnations are manifested to give facility to the devotees of the Lord so that they can worship Him in that particular deity form to whom they have developed attraction.’
    • ‘The leader claims to be the incarnation of a deity, angel, or special messenger.’
    • ‘‘We recognise avatar as an incarnation of a deity,’ laughs Jayachandran.’
    • ‘Whenever Sri Krishna desires to manifest His incarnation on earth, first He creates the incarnations of His respectable predecessors.’
    • ‘This digital you is called an ‘avatar,’ a term borrowed from the Hindu religion that otherwise connotes the incarnation of a deity.’
    • ‘In the early 1980s he started calling himself after Rama, the last incarnation of the Hindu deity Vishnu.’
    • ‘Nearly all of the world's religions include a God of some form, often more than one incarnation of the same deity.’
    • ‘The holy land of Bharat is the birthplace of many incarnations and manifestations of divine power that descended on earth in human garb as nimit avatars and nitya avatars.’
    • ‘All Deities may assume earthly incarnations.’
    • ‘Gorakhnath, being an incarnation of Shiva, is worshipped as a deity by the Jogis, and has a number of temples dedicated to him.’
    • ‘Vidura is the incarnation of Dharma and it is he, who is the father of Yudhishthira and the father-in-law of Draupadi, who comes to her rescue.’
    • ‘Some legends say these delicate creatures are the incarnation of the spirits, others argue that they are angels from heaven.’
    • ‘Sangomas are a mixture of priest, diviner, predictor and healer with powers derived from being the incarnation of an ancestral spirit.’
    • ‘This ritual apparently provided the necessary steps to propel the spirit into its next incarnation.’
    • ‘But through Ramakrishna it had acquired a new and human face, for many saw him as an incarnation of the deity.’
    • ‘They are actively worshipped, in various incarnations and forms, by many thousands of people - according to strict traditions which they themselves are believed to have established according to their own preferences.’
    • ‘The storics of heroism from the epics involved the use of supernatural or divine powers by the avtats or incarnations of gods and goddesses.’
    • ‘Or almost to the last, for towards the end of the story Rama is referred to as an incarnation of the great god Vishnu.’
    • ‘Such living entities receive the mercy and protection of the Lord in the form of His divine activities and incarnations, either personally or in its literary form as the science of God.’
    • ‘The expansions of Krishna who come to the material creation are called avataras or incarnations.’
    embodiment, personification, exemplification, type, epitome
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    1. 1.1the Incarnation(in Christian theology) the embodiment of God the Son in human flesh as Jesus Christ.
      ‘Incarnation, a volume in the New Century Theology series, reads as an extended meditation on the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.’
      • ‘The Incarnation of Jesus Christ is God's Self-revelation to the world.’
      • ‘I write as an Anglican theologian of the Cross, who understands the Atonement, or God for us, as prior in theology to the Incarnation, or God with us.’
      • ‘These interventions are Creation, the Incarnation of Christ, Pentecost, and the Second Coming.’
      • ‘Theologically intertwined with the doctrine of the Incarnation is the Christian understanding of salvation, the forgiveness of sins.’
      • ‘The focus is on the Incarnation of Christ as interpreted in the fourth gospel, and the means of salvation is primarily the sacraments.’
      • ‘Or is the Gospel the Incarnation itself, God's taking on human flesh, so that those in Christ can become partakers in the divine nature?’
      • ‘It is also a theological treatise that takes seriously both the Incarnation and the role of hospitality in Christian practice.’
      • ‘There is something even more profound in her view of the body that stems from her theology of the Incarnation.’
      • ‘With the Christian doctrine of Incarnation firmly in place, embodied humans keep their unique identities for eternity.’
      • ‘He rejected certain Christian doctrines such as the Trinity and the Incarnation, which in his judgment failed to meet the test of rational coherence.’
      • ‘Yet at the same time they deny the doctrine of the Trinity, of the Incarnation, of the Atonement, and of justification by faith alone.’
      • ‘The characteristic Anglican focus on the Incarnation is our own particular expression of that orientation.’
      • ‘The wrangles and debates of modern theology have repeatedly stumbled around the doctrine of the Incarnation.’
      • ‘Christians claim that the Incarnation changes the meaning of everything.’
      • ‘What does a belief in the Incarnation and the Resurrection and the Ascension and the future judgment mean for Christian practice and politics?’
      • ‘The Catholic celebration of the Incarnation - full and unqualified - grounds the church.’
      • ‘From a Christian point of view the Incarnation crowns the Old Testament manifestations of God's love.’
      • ‘The Incarnation includes us as we share Christ's death and resurrection in our own lives and in the church.’
      • ‘The result has been some fascinating studies of such topics as sin, the Atonement, and the Incarnation.’
  • 2(with reference to reincarnation) one of a series of lifetimes that a person spends on earth.

    ‘in my next incarnation, I'd like to be the Secretary of Fun’
    • ‘The easy question to be answered is the latter because in most forms of reincarnation that are taught, we go through a series of incarnations so that we may become wise and learn from our past mistakes.’
    • ‘I don't know how you feel about it, but you were male in your last earthly incarnation.’
    • ‘Except that it determines the course and context of your next earthly incarnation, rather than whether you'll be spirited off to heaven or hell.’
    • ‘It is a time to gain a new look on life, to purify oneself and to regain the sense of Godly aspiration as the central purpose for this earthly incarnation.’
    lifetime, life, existence
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    1. 2.1The form in which a person spends an incarnation.
      ‘the bar has gone through several incarnations’
      • ‘I know, I know, quizzes suck, but it's Kylie - Which incarnation of Kylie are you?’
      • ‘In either incarnation, he has had little use for Isaiah Berlin or John Dewey.’
      • ‘He does occasionally, in this incarnation, convene meetings to condemn the growing criminalisation of politics, uneven development or corruption in the country.’
      • ‘There won't be another Earl Anthony in any incarnation: the bowler, the colorful character, the clutch shooter, the dedicated pro.’
      • ‘His has held positions in academia and business since his first professional incarnation as a library cataloger at Cornell University, of which he is a graduate.’


Middle English (as a term in Christian theology): via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin incarnatio(n-), from the verb incarnare (see incarnate).