[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)
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.
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
the migration of a soul from one body to another
the entering of a soul after death upon a new cycle of existence in a new body either of human or animal form

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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