Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or being a person who has made a conversion or has renewed a commitment to Jesus Christ as his or her personal savior.
  • adjective Of or relating to evangelical Christianity.
  • adjective Characterized by renewal, resurgence, or return.

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  • adjective Having a renewed commitment to Jesus Christ as a personal saviour.
  • adjective by extension Having the zeal of a convert of a non-religious cause or activity.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to evangelical Christianity.
  • noun Someone who has a renewed commitment to Jesus Christ as a personal saviour.
  • noun Anyone with a renewed commitment to any kind of cause or belief.
  • noun An evangelical Christian.

Etymologies

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

[From born again, in John 3:3 and 3:7.]

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From the New Testament: "Jesus replied, 'Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again.'" [John 3:3, Today's New International Version]

Examples

  • The hippocampus is the center of memory and navigation in the brain; recent research from Duke University shows that people who had had a "born-again" experience showed more atrophy of the hippocampus on average than the religious who didn't identify as born-again.

    Michael Taft: Hardwired for the Mystical?

  • The hippocampus is the center of memory and navigation in the brain; recent research from Duke University shows that people who had had a "born-again" experience showed more atrophy of the hippocampus on average than the religious who didn't identify as born-again.

    Michael Taft: Hardwired for the Mystical?

  • The hippocampus is the center of memory and navigation in the brain; recent research from Duke University shows that people who had had a "born-again" experience showed more atrophy of the hippocampus on average than the religious who didn't identify as born-again.

    Michael Taft: Hardwired for the Mystical?

  • The hippocampus is the center of memory and navigation in the brain; recent research from Duke University shows that people who had had a "born-again" experience showed more atrophy of the hippocampus on average than the religious who didn't identify as born-again.

    Michael Taft: Hardwired for the Mystical?

  • The hippocampus is the center of memory and navigation in the brain; recent research from Duke University shows that people who had had a "born-again" experience showed more atrophy of the hippocampus on average than the religious who didn't identify as born-again.

    Michael Taft: Hardwired for the Mystical?

  • The hippocampus is the center of memory and navigation in the brain; recent research from Duke University shows that people who had had a "born-again" experience showed more atrophy of the hippocampus on average than the religious who didn't identify as born-again.

    Michael Taft: Hardwired for the Mystical?

  • The hippocampus is the center of memory and navigation in the brain; recent research from Duke University shows that people who had had a "born-again" experience showed more atrophy of the hippocampus on average than the religious who didn't identify as born-again.

    Michael Taft: Hardwired for the Mystical?

  • The hippocampus is the center of memory and navigation in the brain; recent research from Duke University shows that people who had had a "born-again" experience showed more atrophy of the hippocampus on average than the religious who didn't identify as born-again.

    Michael Taft: Hardwired for the Mystical?

  • Could it be that we so-called born-again Christians are not as free as we think or perhaps not genuinely born anew?

    God is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu …

  • Could it be that we so-called born-again Christians are not as free as we think or perhaps not genuinely born anew?

    God is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu …

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