Definition: Incarnation

From New World Encyclopedia


From Middle English incarnacion, borrowed from Old French incarnacion, from Medieval Latin, Ecclesiastical Latin incarnatio, from Late Latin incarnari (to be made flesh).


incarnation (countable and uncountable, plural incarnations)

  1. An incarnate being or form.
  2. A version or iteration (of something).
  3. A living being embodying a deity or spirit.
  4. An assumption of human form or nature.
  5. A person or thing regarded as embodying or exhibiting some quality, idea, or the like.
    The leading dancer is the incarnation of grace.
  6. The act of incarnating, or embodying something in flesh.
  7. The state of being incarnated.

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