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av·a·tar

 (ăv′ə-tär′)
n.
1. The incarnation of a Hindu deity, especially Vishnu, in human or animal form.
2. An embodiment or manifestation, as of a quality or concept: "Reagan was at his strongest as the avatar of American consensus, peddling a sunny normalcy, a happy-go-lucky and ultimately accommodating attitude" (Gil Troy).
3. A temporary manifestation or aspect of a continuing entity: occultism in its present avatar.
4. An icon, graphic, or other image by which a person represents himself or herself on a communications network or in a virtual community, such as a chatroom or multiplayer game.

[Sanskrit avatāraḥ, descent (of a deity from heaven), avatar : ava, down + tarati, he crosses; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]

avatar

(ˈævəˌtɑː)
n
1. (Hinduism) Hinduism the manifestation of a deity, notably Vishnu, in human, superhuman, or animal form
2. a visible manifestation or embodiment of an abstract concept; archetype
3. (Computer Science) a movable image that represents a person in a virtual reality environment or in cyberspace
[C18: from Sanskrit avatāra a going down, from avatarati he descends, from ava down + tarati he passes over]

av•a•tar

(ˈæv əˌtɑr, ˌæv əˈtɑr)

n.
1. an incarnation of a Hindu god.
2. an embodiment or personification, as of a principle, attitude, or view of life.
3. Computers. a graphical image that represents a person, as on the Internet.
[1775–85; < Skt avatāra a passing down]

avatar

A digital construct (often an image file) that represents the online user in a virtual world.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.avatar - a new personification of a familiar ideaavatar - a new personification of a familiar idea; "the embodiment of hope"; "the incarnation of evil"; "the very avatar of cunning"
personification - a person who represents an abstract quality; "she is the personification of optimism"
deification - an embodiment of the qualities of a god; "the capitalists' deification of capital"
reincarnation - embodiment in a new form (especially the reappearance or a person in another form); "his reincarnation as a lion"
2.avatar - the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal formavatar - the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal form; "the Buddha is considered an avatar of the god Vishnu"
Hindu deity - a deity worshipped by the Hindus
Translations

avatar

[ˈævətɑːʳ] N [of deity] → avatar m

avatar

n (Rel, fig) → Inkarnation f
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It is a 10-day long festival that falls during the Malayalam month of Chingam, marking the remembrance of Vamana Avatara of God Vishnu and debarkation of the legendary king Mahabali.
104) See Marcelle Saindon, 'Le Buddha comme neuvieme avatara du dieu hindou Visnu', Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 32, 3 (2003): 304-8.
Caption: 2 Hamsa Avatara of Vishnu, attributed to the family workshop of Mahesh, Chamba, c.
Lo percibio ya el Buda original, el compasivo, y lo sigue predicando, como su actual avatara, el Dalai Lama; igualmente, lo predico asi el Gandhi de la no-violencia.
Mr Vajpayee fancied himself a latter day avatara of Mr Nehru.
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There were commentaries to the Bodhicarya Avatara which titles I had never heard, such as chu mig ma and yang dgon ma.
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The term avatar originates from the Sanskrit word avatara, which is a concept similar to that of incarnation.
First, of course, the avatara concept stands out, which was borrowed from the Hindu context, was reshaped theosophical, and is interpreted here--as in other contexts (e.