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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Workbench first appeared in an earlier incarnation as an application called Intercycle from now defunct company Interport Inc.
▪ He combines a little of Clark Gable with a whisper of Cary Grant's early incarnation as a vaudevillian stage comic.
▪ In their latest incarnation, these cheerful blooms have lost their association with the peace movement.
▪ One such is the latest incarnation of WordScan from Calera, WordScan Plus 1.1c.
▪ In one later incarnation, she is depicted as severe, with a scalpel and a large pair of pincers.
▪ Call this latest incarnation Reelection Hillary.
▪ The local press came in curious gaggles, and the students eased shyly into their new incarnations as media darlings.
▪ The measure is not only the first full-scale law passed by the Supreme Soviet in its new incarnation as a professional legislature.
▪ Only the flagship 50 configurations use the 7100; the lower end boxes in each class using previous incarnations of the chip.
▪ But only because I liked the irony; in his previous incarnation, I could not have imagined him near the water.
▪ He has been a sceptic in all of his previous incarnations.
▪ Little had changed here since its previous incarnation.
▪ Zephandra Butolphi must have been a civil servant in a previous incarnation: no one ever made a decision alone.
▪ Kohl pencil comes in at roughly three times the price it was in its previous incarnation as an eyeliner.
▪ It was too narrow in its previous incarnation.
▪ Those of you with long memories will remember Robert Rankin's previous incarnation with Pan.
▪ In Hindu lore, Rama is an incarnation of the god Vishnu.
▪ Supporters hope that the party in its new incarnation will be more popular with the voters.
▪ But this does not alter the fact that there is an issue between Eckhart and Snyder, between incarnation and transcendental release.
▪ Her first incarnation on EastEnders was too shocking, though.
▪ I can not remember all the incarnations of this place, but the current one is offering up some terrific food.
▪ In one later incarnation, she is depicted as severe, with a scalpel and a large pair of pincers.
▪ On top was a confectionary incarnation of the goddess Liberty.
▪ Only the flagship 50 configurations use the 7100; the lower end boxes in each class using previous incarnations of the chip.
▪ We must never separate incarnation and atonement.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Incarnation \In`car*na"tion\, n. [F. incarnation, LL. incarnatio.]

  1. 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.

  2. (Theol.) The union of the second person of the Godhead with manhood in Christ.

  3. An incarnate form; a personification; a manifestation; a reduction to apparent from; a striking exemplification in person or act.

    She is a new incarnation of some of the illustrious dead.

    The very incarnation of selfishness.
    --F. W. Robertson.

  4. A rosy or red color; flesh color; carnation. [Obs.]

  5. (Med.) The process of healing wounds and filling the part with new flesh; granulation.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "embodiment of God in the person of Christ," from Old French incarnacion (12c.), from Late Latin incarnationem (nominative incarnatio), "act of being made flesh" (used by Church writers especially of God in Christ), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin incarnare "to make flesh," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + caro (genitive carnis) "flesh" (see carnage). Glossed in Old English as inflæscnes, inlichomung.


n. An incarnate being or form.

  1. n. a new personification of a familiar idea; "the embodiment of hope"; "the incarnation of evil"; "the very avatar of cunning" [syn: embodiment, avatar]

  2. (Christianity) the Christian doctrine of the union of God and man in the person of Jesus Christ

  3. time passed in a particular bodily form; "he believes that his life will be better in his next incarnation"

  4. the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc. [syn: personification]


Incarnation literally means embodied in flesh or taking on flesh. It refers to the conception and birth of a sentient being who is the material manifestation of an entity, god or force whose original nature is immaterial. In its religious context the word is used to mean the descent from Heaven of a god, or divine being in human/animal form on Earth.

Incarnation (Christianity)

In Christian theology, the doctrine of the Incarnation holds that Jesus, the preexistent divine Logos ( Koine Greek for "Word") and the second hypostasis of the Trinity, God the Son and Son of the Father, taking on a human body and human nature, "was made flesh" and conceived in the womb of Mary the Theotokos (Greek for "God-bearer"; ). The doctrine of the Incarnation, then, entails that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, his two natures joined in hypostatic union.

In the Incarnation, as traditionally defined by those Churches that adhere to the Council of Chalcedon, the divine nature of the Son was united but not mixed with human nature in one divine Person, Jesus Christ, who was both "truly God and truly man". This is central to the traditional faith held by most Christians. Alternative views on the subject (See Ebionites and the Gospel of the Hebrews) have been proposed throughout the centuries (see below), but all were rejected by mainstream Christian bodies. An alternative doctrine known as " Oneness" has been espoused among various Pentecostal groups (see below).

The Incarnation is commemorated and celebrated each year at Christmas, and also reference can be made to the Feast of the Annunciation; "different aspects of the mystery of the Incarnation" are celebrated at Christmas and the Annunciation.

Usage examples of "incarnation".

I had ever heard, yet I did not doubt that his addled sermonette was an incarnation of that very lecture.

In them a religious and realistic idea takes the place of the moralism of the Apologists, namely, the deifying of the human race through the incarnation of the Son of God.

First, because this is befitting to the cause of the Incarnation, considered on the part of God.

Secondly, this is befitting to the cause of the Incarnation, on the part of the nature assumed.

For people would have thought the Incarnation to be unreal, and, out of sheer spite, would have crucified Him before the proper time.

He should not begin to work wonders from His early years: for men would have deemed the Incarnation to be imaginary and would have crucified Him before the proper time.

But, when the Christian religion was represented as the belief in the incarnation of God and as the sure hope of the deification of man, a speculation that had originally never got beyond the fringe of religious knowledge was made the central point of the system and the simple content of the Gospel was obscured.

The incarnation of the Word, they would say, was a trifle for God, and therefore easy to understand, and the resurrection was so comprehensible that it did not appear to them wonderful, because, as God cannot die, Jesus Christ was naturally certain to rise again.

He was the incarnation of the Continental ideal of the polished cold Englishman, and had the air of a diplomate such as this country sends to foreign Courts to praise or blame, to declare friendship or war with the same calm suavity and imperturbable politeness.

In its most doctrinaire incarnation, this view demands that justices discern exactly what the Framers thought about the question under consideration and simply follow that intention in resolving the case before them.

The Great One would not approve of murder in cold blood, and it would be an act of human dishonor, but Dom was not about to chance this new incarnation of Rychard getting his hands on Laris.

The great deception of Yakim Douan laid waste to the many Chezru images of glorious Transcendence, the process that the Chezru had considered as a passage of knowledge, the incarnation of a new God-Voice to be found among the children of Behren.

She went over it again, seeing it all in pictures, deciding how to sharpen a detail here and there with a fillip of metascent, trying to forget Durancy and his endless loop, hoping that she had expelled him from herself but fearing that she had not, that he was a part of her very cells forever, through endless incarnations.

The ekka followed, the pony loping to keep up, and if Jannath did not grow seasick from the pitching it must have been because he had been a sailor in a recent incarnation.

Whether or not the ka does have a memory during these times, we are concerned only with its incarnations, its enfleshed states.