Meaning of “incarnation” in the English Dictionary


"incarnation" in English

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uk /ˌɪn.kɑːˈneɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌɪn.kɑːrˈneɪ.ʃən/

[ C ] a particular life, in religions that believe that we have many lives:

He believes that he was a Roman warrior in a previous incarnation.

[ C ] a particular physical form or condition of something or someone that is changing or developing:

This film is the latest incarnation of a fairy tale that dates back to the Middle Ages.
the incarnation of sth

an extreme example, in human form, of a particular characteristic or type of behaviour:

He was the incarnation of evil (= was extremely evil).
She's the incarnation of everything I hate about politics.

[ U ] the appearance of a god as a human

(Definition of “incarnation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"incarnation" in American English

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incarnationnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌɪnˌkɑrˈneɪ·ʃən/

the human form of a spirit, or the human representation of a principle or idea:

[ U ] When he dances, he’s the incarnation of gracefulness.

An incarnation is also, according to some religious beliefs, one of the several lives people have over time.

An incarnation can also be a new or different form or condition of something:

[ C ] This movie is the latest incarnation of an old French fairy tale.

(Definition of “incarnation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)