Definitions

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

  • n. Rebirth of the soul in another body.
  • n. A reappearance or revitalization in another form; a new embodiment: "The brownstone had already endured one reincarnation: In the 1940's, it was converted into eight studio apartments” ( Ben Lloyd).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rebirth of a mental capacity, such as a soul, in a physical life form, such as a body
  • n. The idea of such a rebirth, a specific belief or doctrine on how such a rebirth occurs
  • n. A fresh embodiment
  • n. A new, considerably improved, version

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or state of being incarnated anew; a repeated incarnation; a new embodiment.

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

  • n. embodiment in a new form (especially the reappearance or a person in another form)
  • n. a second or new birth
  • 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

Etymologies

From reincarnate +‎ -ion (Wiktionary)

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  • Hm. I wonder whether that has anything to do with Gedhun Choekyi Nyima.

    February 17, 2011

  • Right unworldly, oroboros, if not downright insane. Might I apply to be remembered when I die? Please give me an address where I can send particulars. Meanwhile, continue shopping at WalMart if you think you can't purchase necessities produced in the US elsewhere in your struggling city.

    February 17, 2011

  • RENDER UNTO CAESAR...

    Modernity comes to China: Religious teachers must now fill out a government application before they can be reincarnated.The decree, passed in 2007, requires that applications be submitted to four different government bodies.“The selection of reincarnates must preserve national unity and solidarity of all ethnic groups, and the selection process cannot be influenced by any group or individual from outside the country.” (via futilitycloset.com)

    February 17, 2011

  • Over in one land (where the sky sometimes catches fire) is a man who is so enamored of and impressed by his self that he believes he is him reincarnated.

    --Jan Cox

    August 31, 2007