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noun (pl=metempsychoses)
  1. Transmigration of the soul, especially its reincarnation after death.
  • 1922: Metempsychosis, he said, is what the ancient Greeks called it. They used to believe you could be changed into an animal or a tree, for instance. What they called nymphs, for example. " James Joyce, Ulysses
  • 1963: To go along assuming that Victoria the girl tourist and Veronica the sewer rat were one and the same V. was not at all to bring up any : only to affirm that his quarry fitted in with The Big One, the century"s master cabal " Thomas Pynchon, V.
  • 1993: Hers was a of novelty, her mind a vapid thing until animated by the next absolute conviction. " Will Self, My Idea of Fun
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      Etymology: Late Latin, from Greek (- + "in" + "soul").

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