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an electronic image in a computer game or various online sites
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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.]
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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]
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av•a•tar(ˈæv əˌtɑr, ˌæv əˈtɑr)
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]
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A digital construct (often an image file) that represents the online user in a virtual world.
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|Noun||1.||avatar - 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 form; "the Buddha is considered an avatar of the god Vishnu"|
Hindu deity - a deity worshipped by the Hindus
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avatar[ˈævətɑːʳ] N [of deity] → avatar m
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n (Rel, fig) → Inkarnation f
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