metempsychosis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n metempsychosis after death the soul begins a new cycle of existence in another human body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Metempsychosis The passage of the soul, as an immortal essence, at the death of the animal body it had inhabited, into another living body, whether of a brute or a human being; transmigration of souls.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n metempsychosis Transmigration of the soul; the passing of the soul of a person after death into another body, either that of a human being or that of an animal: a doctrine held by various ancient peoples and by Pythagoras and his followers, and still maintained by Brahmans and some others: also loosely used of such a transfer of the soul of a living person.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Metempsychosis me-temp-si-kō′sis the passing of the soul after death into some other body, whether that of a human being or of an animal
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. ; beyond, over + to animate; in + soul. See Psychology
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—meta, expressing change, empsychōsis, an animating—en, in, psychē, soul.

Usage

In literature:

He is no Proteus, no Wizard of critical metempsychosis.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
You wouldn't think it, to look at me, but I believe in metempsychosis, in the transmigration of souls.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
Some metempsychosis takes place.
"A Book of Sibyls" by Anne Thackeray (Mrs. Richmond Ritchie)
So it came to pass that I dozed over the metempsychosis of my fire-world, and commenced the novel.
"Daisy's Necklace" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
METEMPSYCHOSIS, doctrines of, advocated in the present age, i.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
This connects Buddhism with the doctrine of metempsychosis; a doctrine which the incarnations of Brahminism also suggest.
"The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies" by Robert Gordon Latham
These Singhalese are believers in the doctrine of metempsychosis.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
Are we always to be pestered with your notions of metempsychosis?
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
By some horrible law of metempsychosis had his old spirit passed into this too fashionable married flirt at his side?
"A Republic Without a President and Other Stories" by Herbert Ward
The best translation is thus a re-embodiment of the author's spirit, a real metempsychosis.
"Maxims and Reflections" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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In poetry:

Her tears soon cease to flow.
’Tis now not Grief but Joy we know;
From her smiling face the roses
Tell the glad metempsychosis.
"Metempsychosis" by Thomas Runciman
How often gazing where a bird reposes,
Rocked on the wavelets, drifting with the tide,
I lose myself in strange metempsychosis
And float a sea-fowl at a sea-fowl's side;
"My Aviary" by Oliver Wendell Holmes