What does incarnation mean?

Definitions for incarnation
ˌɪn kɑrˈneɪ ʃənin·car·na·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. embodiment, incarnation, avatarnoun

    a new personification of a familiar idea

    "the embodiment of hope"; "the incarnation of evil"; "the very avatar of cunning"

  2. Incarnationnoun

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

  3. incarnationnoun

    time passed in a particular bodily form

    "he believes that his life will be better in his next incarnation"

  4. personification, incarnationnoun

    the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.


  1. incarnationnoun

    An incarnate being or form.

  2. incarnationnoun

    A living being embodying a deity or spirit.

  3. incarnationnoun

    An assumption of human form or nature.

  4. incarnationnoun

    A person or thing regarded as embodying or exhibiting some quality, idea, or the like

    The leading dancer is the incarnation of grace.

  5. incarnationnoun

    The act of incarnating.

  6. incarnationnoun

    The state of being incarnated.

  7. Incarnationnoun

    The doctrine that the second person of the Trinity assumed human form in the person of Jesus Christ and is fully divine and fully human.

  8. Etymology: From incarnacion, from incarnacion, from incarnatio, from incarnari.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Incarnationnoun

    Etymology: incarnation, Fr. from incarnate.

    We must beware we exclude not the nature of God from incarnation, and so make the son of God incarnate not to be very God. Richard Hooker.

    Upon the annunciation, or our Lady-day, meditate on the incarnation of our blessed Saviour. Jeremy Taylor, Guide to Devotion.

    The pulsation under the cicatrix proceeded from the too lax incarnation of the wound. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incarnationnoun

    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. Incarnationnoun

    the union of the second person of the Godhead with manhood in Christ

  3. Incarnationnoun

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

  4. Incarnationnoun

    a rosy or red color; flesh color; carnation

  5. Incarnationnoun

    the process of healing wounds and filling the part with new flesh; granulation

  6. Etymology: [F. incarnation, LL. incarnatio.]


  1. Incarnation

    Incarnation literally means embodied in flesh or taking on flesh. It refers to the conception and birth of a sentient creature 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.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Incarnation

    the humanisation of the Divine in the person of Christ, a doctrine vehemently opposed in the early times of the Church by both Jews and Gnostics, by the former as inconsistent with the greatness of God, and by the latter as inconsistent with the inbred depravity of man.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incarnation in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incarnation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of incarnation in a Sentence

  1. Adam Savage:

    I'm so excited to be returning to Discovery to work with these kids on a new incarnation of the show I love so much, to be able to confront them with great questions and the resources to answer them is such a dream. Helping to inspire future scientists and engineers is a mission I share with Discovery.

  2. Spencer Stone:

    Faced with the evil called terrorism there is a good, that's humanity. You are the incarnation of that.

  3. Malte Lemming:

    Merkel is seen as the incarnation of the refugee problem, she did not see the consequences of her refugee policy.

  4. Sarah Michelle Gellar:

    At the end of the day, it's all about great storytelling, if a story lives on, then I think it should be told in any incarnation it can be told in.

  5. H.W. Mann:

    The physical world of matter is a reality. But it is a reality within a larger reality. Matter is made of energy. Everything in the universe is made of energy. We have consciousness. We are consciousness aware of itself. We are pure conscious energy. Energy cannot be created nor destroyed. So, we are immortal pure conscious energy. We have existed before our human incarnation, and we will still exist after. We are immortal pure conscious energy.

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