Etymology
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metempsychosis (n.)

1580s, "passing of the soul at death into another body, human or animal," from Late Latin metempsychosis, from Greek metempsychosis, from meta, here indicating "change" (see meta-) + empsykhoun "to put a soul into," from en "in" (see in- (2)) + psychē "soul" (see psyche). A Pythagorean word for transmigration of souls at death. Related: Metempsychose (v.) "transfer from one body to another" (1590s).

updated on January 05, 2019

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Definitions of metempsychosis from WordNet

metempsychosis (n.)
after death the soul begins a new cycle of existence in another human body;
Synonyms: rebirth
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