If you believe in reincarnation, you believe that after death a person's soul is reborn in another body. Certain religions hold this belief as a central tenet, including Hinduism and Buddhism.

The noun reincarnation comes from the Latin roots re, meaning again, and incarnare, meaning to make flesh. The word reincarnation does not have to be a literal rebirth, however. The term can be used to mean a more figurative reinvention or rebirth. Your dad may have spent twenty years of his life working as a stockbroker, but after he reinvented himself, you'd be proud of his reincarnation as a math teacher.

Definitions of reincarnation

n a second or new birth

rebirth, renascence
the passing of a soul into another body after death
cycle of rebirth
(Hinduism) repeated rebirth in new forms
(Hinduism) release from the cycle of rebirth
Type of:
birth, nascence, nascency, nativity
the event of being born

n embodiment in a new form (especially the reappearance or a person in another form)

“his reincarnation as a lion”
Type of:
avatar, embodiment, incarnation
a new personification of a familiar idea

n the Hindu or Buddhist doctrine that a person may be reborn successively into one of five classes of living beings (god or human or animal or hungry ghost or denizen of Hell) depending on the person's own actions

Type of:
theological doctrine
the doctrine of a religious group

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