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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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Visnu's ten avataras, or incarnations, are a stock element of Visnu-oriented poetry.
For instance, the chapter on the Vaishnava deities, contributed by Hague himself, first discusses the 24 forms of Vishnu and then his avataras, Garuda, Vishnuparta and Purushottama.
the god Vishnu undertakes avataras in order to bring benevolence and to positively influence the life of the mortal beings and Krishna comes as avatarra in order to bring salvation to humanity .
also notes work still to be done, rightly urging theologians to move beyond generalities on the topic, and beyond the ever-repeated discussions of Lord Krsna and Gita 4, so as to study others among the avatara traditions, such as the animal avataras and human embodiments, such as Rama and even (in some Hindu traditions) the Buddha.
Here we are told of numerous stories of "encounters" with and life-changing epiphanies arising out of these encounters with Hanuman, as well as accounts of various avataras of Hanuman.
One of the rare living avataras, Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore, India, was born fully realized in command of the eight Mahasiddhis (great powers) and is a guru in the Dattatreya Avadhoota lineage.
44) This, along with his reference to the myths of Visnu's military exploits in several of his avataras, indicates that Bhavyakirti was familiar with this genre of Hindu mythic literature, which, just like the legend of Mahakarunika, could be interpreted as a justification for necessary violence.
It is a discursive text containing enumerations on spirituality, origin of the cosmos and human beings, attainment of Moksa through Yoga and Samadhi, mysteries of creation, decreation and Avataras.
It is well-known that Hindu gurus are often venerated by their followers as avataras ("divine incarnations").