Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of incarnating.
  • n. The condition of being incarnated.
  • n. Christianity The doctrine that the Son of God was conceived in the womb of Mary and that Jesus is true God and true man.
  • n. A bodily manifestation of a supernatural being.
  • n. One who is believed to personify a given abstract quality or idea.
  • n. A period of time passed in a given bodily form or condition: hopes for a better life in another incarnation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An incarnate being or form.
  • n. A living being embodying a deity or spirit.
  • n. An assumption of human form or nature.
  • n. A person or thing regarded as embodying or exhibiting some quality, idea, or the like
  • n. The act of incarnating.
  • n. The state of being incarnated.
  • n. A rosy or red colour; flesh colour; carnation.
  • n. The process of healing wounds and filling the part with new flesh; granulation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of clothing with flesh, or the state of being so clothed; the act of taking, or being manifested in, a human body and nature.
  • n. The union of the second person of the Godhead with manhood in Christ.
  • n. An incarnate form; a personification; a manifestation; a reduction to apparent from; a striking exemplification in person or act.
  • n. A rosy or red color; flesh color; carnation.
  • n. The process of healing wounds and filling the part with new flesh; granulation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of incarnating or clothing with flesh; the act of assuming flesh or a human body and the nature of man; the state of being incarnated.
  • n. In surgery, the process whereby a wound heals, the affected part becoming filled with new flesh; granulation.
  • n. A representation in an incarnate form; a personification; a visible embodiment; a distinct exemplification in form or act.
  • n. The color of flesh; carnation.
  • n. In botany, the carnation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
  • n. (Christianity) the Christian doctrine of the union of God and man in the person of Jesus Christ
  • n. a new personification of a familiar idea
  • n. time passed in a particular bodily form

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • Those flowers are a pun, carrying as they do the root of the word incarnation within their name.

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  • My atheist friend used the term incarnation to point to what he called the “miracle of awareness.

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  • My atheist friend used the term incarnation to point to what he called the "miracle of awareness."

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  • This book, at least in this incarnation is around 500 pages long, and a lot of the middle is taken up with other threads, that while tangentially interesting are nowhere near as good as the parts featuring Cormac and his directly related allies themselves.

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  • The judge was making the point that the Pledge, in its current incarnation, is only about 50 – 60 years old and that the language “under God” was inserted at a particular time in response to concerns of that time and that the Pledge is not some sacrosanct invocation from the founders.

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  • Squatting somewhere between MGMT, The Inbetweeners and Derek Zoolander, this modern incarnation is all mouth and skinny trousers.

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  • Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The Eagle in its most recent, post-Giuliani incarnation is still at 554 West 28th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues in a relatively quiet corner of Chelsea in New York.

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  • First performed in 1991, with a dazzlingly white-and-black skewed set, La Bete's current incarnation is in a towering library.

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  • The current incarnation is a pleasing multi-monitor setup with plenty of space to work.

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  • Over the years the engines have become much more powerful and the current incarnation is probably too big to be a real city car.

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  • I found his word in an article called " The Path of The Drifter" by Nathan Myers. It is used in the sentence as followed, " Falling in love with this new place, this new mind, and this new incarnation of his surfing."

    September 22, 2010