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

  • n. The doctrine of transmigration of souls; metempsychosis.
  • n. Biology The repetition by a single organism of various stages in the evolution of its species during embryonic development.

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  • n. The apparent repetition, during the development of a single embryo, of changes that occurred previously in the evolution of its species.
  • n. Spiritual rebirth through the transmigration of the soul in Christian baptism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A new birth; a re-creation; a regeneration; a continued existence in different manner or form.
  • n. The passing over of the soul of one person or animal into the body of another person or animal, at the time of the death of the first; the transmigration of souls. Called also metempsychosis.
  • n. That form of development of an individual organism in which in which ancestral characteristics occurring during its evolution are conserved by heredity and reproduced, sometimes transiently, in the course of individual development; original simple descent; -- distinguished from cenogenesis (kenogenesis or coenogenesis), in which the mode of individual development has been modified so that the evolutionary process had become obscured. Sometimes, in zoölogy, the term is applied to the abrupt metamorphosis of insects, crustaceans, etc. See also the note under recapitulation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A new or second birth or production; the state of being born again; regeneration.
  • n. In mod. biol., hereditary evolution, as distinguished from kenogenesis or vitiated evolution; ontogenesis true to heredity, not modified by adaptation; the “breeding true” of an individual organism with reference to its pedigree; the development of the individual according to the character of its lineage. See biogeny. Sometimes called palingeny.
  • n. The supposed production of animals either from a preëxistent living organism, on which they are parasites, or from putrescent animal matter.
  • n. In entomology, metaboly or metamorphosis; the entire transformation of an insect, or transition from one state to another, in each of which the insect has a different form.

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  • n. emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species


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

Greek palin, again; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots + -genesis.

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From the Ancient Greek πάλιν (palin, "again") +‎ -genesis.


  • In the first stage, a rural movement emerges to effect some kind of nationalist renewal (what Roger Griffin calls "palingenesis" -- a phoenix-like rebirth from the ashes).

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  • The eliminationist project is in many ways the signature of fascism, partly because it proceeds naturally from fascism's embrace of what Oxford Brookes scholar Roger Griffin calls palingenesis, or a Phoenix-like national rebirth, as its core myth.

    Crooks and Liars

  • (what Roger Griffin calls "palingenesis" -- a phoenix-like rebirth from the ashes).

    t r u t h o u t

  • "palingenesis," the Sermon on the Mount, the apotheosis of the weak, the love of the people, regard for the poor, and the re-establishment of all that is humble, true, and simple.

    The Life of Jesus

  • It grew in conjunction with the theory of palingenesis, taken from the words "born" and "anew", which argued that the external representation of the "seed" of Christianity, contained in the Gospels, had periodically "died", merely to be revived in new and better form, Socialism representing its latest and best expression.

    Catholic Social Thought: Europe

  • Belief in rebirth is almost worldwide—it is also sometimes called reincarnation, metempsychosis, palingenesis, or transmigration of souls.

    Experiencing the Next World Now

  • The body dies, and the Lord of life compares it to the death of the seed in the earth; and then comes the palingenesis — the rising in glory.

    Wylder's Hand

  • For many years critics with university chairs had preached the absolute necessity of the death of art, waiting for who knows what palingenesis or resurrection, of which the signs could not be glimpsed.

    Eugenio Montale - Nobel Lecture

  • Various forms of this doctrine are transmigration, metempsychosis, palingenesis, and rebirth.


  • Considered from this critical standpoint, the whole of ontogeny falls into two main parts: -- First, _palingenesis_, or 'epitomised history'

    Form and Function A Contribution to the History of Animal Morphology


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  • Sweet reason's political nemesis,

    Or so some experienced men insist,

    Is Sarah's sour cant

    Informing Don's rant,

    An instance of strange palingenesis.

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  • Wow. Random word is soooo topical. Hmmmm. Where to begin...?

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    Running mates who always are surrounded by embryos, hers and/or others?

    Running mates obsessed with other people's embryos?

    I'm exhausted. Carry on.

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