Metempsychosis



[muh-tem-suh-koh-sis, -temp-, met-uh m-sahy-] /məˌtɛm səˈkoʊ sɪs, -ˌtɛmp-, ˌmɛt əm saɪ-/

noun, plural metempsychoses
[muh-tem-suh-koh-seez, -temp-, met-uh m-sahy-] /məˌtɛm səˈkoʊ siz, -ˌtɛmp-, ˌmɛt əm saɪ-/ (Show IPA)
1.
the transmigration of the soul, especially the passage of the soul after death from a human or animal to some other human or animal body.
/ˌmɛtəmsaɪˈkəʊsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
1.
the migration of a soul from one body to another
2.
the entering of a soul after death upon a new cycle of existence in a new body either of human or animal form
n.

1580s, “passing of the soul at death into another body,” from Late Latin metempsychosis, from Greek metempsychosis, from meta “change” (see meta-) + empsykhoun “to put a soul into,” from en “in” + psyche “soul” (see psyche). Pythagorean word for transmigration of souls at death. Related: Metempsychose (v.), 1590s.

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