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


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


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