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.


  1. incarnation

    Incarnation generally refers to a person who embodies or exemplifies a particular quality or concept. In religious context, it refers to the embodiment of a deity or spirit in some earthly form, like in Christianity where Jesus Christ is considered the incarnation of God. Incarnation can also refer to a concrete or actual form of an abstract concept or quality.

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. Julian the Apostate:

    The idea of an incarnation of God is absurd: why should the human race think itself so superior to bees, ants, and elephants as to be put in this unique relation to its maker? . . Christians are like a council of frogs in a marsh or a synod of worms on a dung-hill croaking and squeaking "for our sakes was the world created."

  2. Scott C. Holstad:

    I allowed you to destroy me, my self-confidence, my ego, my identity as a human being and as a man. for years i was a shadow of my former self. the pain you caused was brutal and intense but i have a new life and a new incarnation and you’re hardly worth thinking about anymore and being free at last of your clutches, I have a new world to look forward to.

  3. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar:

    I shall have no faith in Rama and Krishna who are believed to be incarnation of God nor shall I worship them. I thereby reject my old religion, Hinduism, which is detrimental to the prosperity of human kind and which discriminates between man and man and which treats me as inferior.

  4. Roger Law:

    The new Spitting Image will be global through a uniquely British eye. It will be more outrageous, audacious and salacious than the previous incarnation.

  5. Flower A. Newhouse:

    Life's drama of incarnation consists of one's eventual discovery of their inherent destiny. We are a creation of the Supreme Spirit in whose seed of divinity, Godhood, like the Godhood of Jesus, shall come into fruition.

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