incarnation

Incarnation is the embodiment of a god on earth. Or — when it comes to reincarnation: if you are a garbage collector in this life, you might get to be royalty in your next incarnation.

Incarnation comes from the Latin incarnatus, which means “to make flesh.” The word incarnation came to life in religious contexts and is used when talking about gods and deities that take on human or animal forms. More generally, the word can be used to refer to anything or anyone taking on a "new life" — the new season of a sitcom could promise a new incarnation for one of its characters, or a former fashion trend could come back as a new incarnation.

DEFINITIONS OF: incarnation

1

n the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.

Synonyms:
personification
Type of:
embodiment
giving concrete form to an abstract concept

n a new personification of a familiar idea

“the incarnation of evil”
Synonyms:
avatar, embodiment
Types:
deification
an embodiment of the qualities of a god
reincarnation
embodiment in a new form (especially the reappearance or a person in another form)
Type of:
personification
a person who represents an abstract quality

n time passed in a particular bodily form

“he believes that his life will be better in his next incarnation
Type of:
time
an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities)
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