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"incarnation" in British English

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incarnationnoun

uk   /ˌɪn.kɑːˈneɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌɪn.kɑːrˈneɪ.ʃən/
[C] a ​particularlife, in ​religions that ​believe that we have many ​lives: He ​believes that he was a ​Romanwarrior in a previous incarnation.
[C] a ​particularphysicalform or ​condition of something or someone that is ​changing or ​developing: This ​film is the ​latest incarnation of a ​fairytale that ​dates back to the Middle Ages.
the incarnation of sth
an ​extremeexample, in ​humanform, of a ​particularcharacteristic or ​type of ​behaviour: He was the incarnation ofevil (= was ​extremelyevil). 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)

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incarnationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌɪnˌkɑrˈneɪ·ʃən/
the ​humanform of a ​spirit, or the ​humanrepresentation of a ​principle or ​idea: [U] When he ​dances, he’s the incarnation of gracefulness.
An incarnation is also, ​according to some ​religiousbeliefs, one of the several ​livespeople 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 ​oldFrenchfairytale.
(Definition of incarnation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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