1. an incarnate being or form.
  2. a living being embodying a deity or spirit.
  3. assumption of human form or nature.
  4. the Incarnation, (sometimes lowercase) Theology. the doctrine that the second person of the Trinity assumed human form in the person of Jesus Christ and is completely both God and man.
  5. a person or thing regarded as embodying or exhibiting some quality, idea, or the like: The leading dancer is the incarnation of grace.
  6. the act of incarnating.
  7. state of being incarnated.


  1. the act of manifesting or state of being manifested in bodily form, esp human form
  2. a bodily form assumed by a god, etc
  3. a person or thing that typifies or represents some quality, idea, etcthe weasel is the incarnation of ferocity


  1. Christian theol the assuming of a human body by the Son of God
  2. Christianity the presence of God on Earth in the person of Jesus

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).

The Christian belief that the Son, the second person of the Trinity, was incarnated, or made flesh, in the person of Jesus, in order to save the world from original sin (see also original sin).

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