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  • 1The rebirth of a soul in a new body.

    ‘He was a great thinker, and he taught that eating meat was wrong because of the principles of transmigration of souls, or reincarnation.’
    • ‘Displaying an incredible amount of maturity and wisdom for their young age, these kids share their most inner thoughts and reveal their deepest beliefs on death, reincarnation and the afterlife.’
    • ‘Oddly enough, his belief in reincarnation was brought to Cuba by American missionaries from the American Theosophical Society.’
    • ‘Religions with reincarnation as a central concept have dietary rules that are often more explicit.’
    • ‘Ritual slaying, feasting, and return of the skull and bones of a bear were fundamental to sending the animal's soul back to its original home and thus facilitating its reincarnation.’
    • ‘If souls exist, then reincarnation is at least a possibility: if souls can both reside in or out of bodies, there is no reason why in principle they should not inhabit a series of bodies.’
    • ‘He found new ways to worship without starving yourself and retold the belief of reincarnation so that people actually understood!’
    • ‘Yet today approximately one in four Americans and many Eastern religions believe in reincarnation, the idea that repeated rebirth in human bodies continues until the soul has reached a state of perfection.’
    • ‘Unlike most Buddhists, I'm not convinced of reincarnation, though being able to play with possible afterlife scenarios intrigues me.’
    • ‘Most Hindu communities have a fundamental belief in reincarnation.’
    • ‘With their belief in reincarnation, many can hope to go back to India to live, if not in this life, then in the next.’
    • ‘Several Hindu soldiers remarked that being killed in battle, in the service of the King, would end the cycle of death and reincarnation, and would send the soldier directly to paradise.’
    • ‘Some people believe in an afterlife or in reincarnation or other form of continuity of energy or spirit.’
    • ‘The slaughtered were buried in mass graves near the ‘killing fields,’ and not cremated as is normal Buddhist practice; as a result, they were denied their faith's promise of reincarnation.’
    • ‘You're not seriously suggesting that reincarnation is a plausible explanation?’
    • ‘It's typical for those human tribes who believe in the reincarnation that they don't and won't put any hindrance on the returning road of the human remains into the food chain of life.’
    • ‘In common with Hindus, Buddhists believe in reincarnation and that the soul of the human being may have inhabited, or may inhabit in the future, an animal.’
    • ‘Hindu and Buddhist cultures are among the many that believe in reincarnation, where a person is reborn as another person or animal after death.’
    • ‘Under teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, reincarnation of important lamas is done through divination or mystical means.’
    • ‘Hindus usually believe that a soul can have multiple reincarnations and that after the death of the body a soul will be reassigned to another newborn human body or even to an animal one.’
    rebirth, transmigration of the soul, metempsychosis
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    1. 1.1A person or animal in whom a particular soul is believed to have been reborn.
      ‘he is said to be a reincarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu’
      • ‘The Dalai Lama was believed to be a reincarnation of Buddha.’
      • ‘Some Hindus in Nepal even worship him as a reincarnation of the deity Vishnu.’
      • ‘She looked like a reincarnation of Isis herself.’
      • ‘I remember when I used to think that I was a reincarnation of Mary.’
      • ‘I see some guy that looks like a reincarnation of my boyfriend.’
      • ‘My parents didn't want me to benefit at all from their money, because they saw me as a reincarnation of my mother's sister, Gwendolyn.’
      • ‘I mean it's not many villages that can boast a reincarnation of a Tibetan lama.’
      • ‘We believe that you two are the reincarnations of our gods.’
      • ‘There is even a sect comprised of 250,000 people that believes he was the reincarnation of Christ.’
      • ‘She is fascinated by the boy because he believes he is the reincarnation of my husband Seán even although that seems unlikely to believe, part of her wants to believe it.’
      • ‘It is a very intense, dark story about a woman who believes she is the reincarnation of the victim of a terrible crime.’
      • ‘He also believed he was the reincarnation of Louis XVI and that your mother was Marie Antoinette.’
      • ‘To kill a swan is still considered the height of folly and many used to believe that swans were in fact the reincarnation of human souls!’
      • ‘It is the only Hindu state in the world, ruled over by monarchs who fancy themselves as reincarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu.’
      • ‘The boy has been detained since 1995 when the Dalai Lama confirmed him as the next reincarnation of the Panchen Lama.’
      • ‘He then claims to be the reincarnation of her dead husband.’
      • ‘He also says that Jesus could be a reincarnation of John the Baptist.’
      • ‘I've often wondered why it is that people who claim to have past lives always claim to be the reincarnation of somebody famous.’
      • ‘They are very often reincarnations of previous lamas.’
    2. 1.2A new version of something from the past.
      ‘the latest reincarnation of the hippie look’
      • ‘The producer of the present production is Mr Hobbs, and he has been associated with this show in many of its reincarnations in the past.’
      • ‘He believed that Baptists represented a reincarnation of apostolic Christianity, the truest expression of the faith that had become corrupted during the second century with the introduction of infant baptism.’
      • ‘Southern armies thus became more than a reincarnation of Norman knights; they strove to be the military arm of God, just as the Roundheads of old had been.’
      • ‘They're a reincarnation of the sweatpants from the late '70s, with all the comfort of today's training apparel.’
      • ‘It's a reincarnation of an old show we only did 10 times, about four years ago.’
      • ‘To prevent a reincarnation of Tent City, the same provision should be made for the construction of affordable housing.’
      • ‘It would be a disaster for primary care and local services if these organisations became reincarnations of health authorities or developed into the inflexible hierarchical institutions that are hospital trusts.’
      • ‘I wouldn't be at all surprised if there was a wave of new startups over the next 5 years that are basically reincarnations of all business-to-consumer ideas that are currently going out of business.’
      • ‘City leaders are confident that the latest reincarnation won't suffer a similar fate.’
      • ‘Unlike the screen version, however, this latest reincarnation has received nothing but praise.’



/ˌrēənkärˈnāSH(ə)n/ /ˌriənkɑrˈneɪʃ(ə)n/