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1 a new personification of a familiar idea; "the embodiment of hope"; "the incarnation of evil"; "the very avatar of cunning" [syn: incarnation, avatar]
2 a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept; "a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life" [syn: shape]
3 giving concrete form to an abstract concept

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From embody + -ment.


  1. a physical entity typifying an abstraction
    You are the very embodiment of beauty.
    • 1880, W.S. Gilbert, Iolanthe
      The law is the true embodiment Of everything that's excellent. It has no kind of fault or flaw, And I, my Lords, embody the law.


Derived terms


entity typifying an abstraction

Extensive Definition

* Embodied cognition (or the embodied mind thesis). A position in cognitive science and the philosophy of mind that emphasizes the role that the body plays in shaping the mind. Closely related ideas include situated cognition and enactivism.
embodiment in German: Embodiment

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