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n. pl. pal·in·gen·e·ses (-sēz′)
1. The doctrine of transmigration of souls; metempsychosis.
2. The supposed repetition by an organism during its embryonic development of the stages in the evolution of its species, as asserted by the discredited biogenetic law.

[Greek palin, again; see kwel- in Indo-European roots + -genesis.]

pal′in·ge·net′ic (-jə-nĕt′ĭk) adj.
pal′in·ge·net′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˌpælɪnˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) ,




n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity spiritual rebirth through metempsychosis of Christian baptism
2. (Biology) biology another name for recapitulation2
[C19: from Greek palin again + genesis birth, genesis]
palingenetic, palingenetical adj
ˌpalingeˈnetically adv


(ˌpæl ɪnˈdʒɛn ə sɪs)

1. rebirth; regeneration.
a. embryonic development that reproduces the ancestral features of the species.
b. a former theory that organisms are generated from other organisms preformed in the germ cells.
3. the doctrine of transmigration of souls.
[1615–25; < New Latin < Greek pálin again + génesis genesis]
pal`in•ge•net′ic (-dʒəˈnɛt ɪk) adj.


1. partial or complete regeneration.
2. the doctrine that a soul passes through several bodies in a series of rebirths. Also palingenesia, palingenesy.palingenetic, adj.
See also: Birth
1. the phase in the development of an organism in which its form and structure pass through the changes undergone in the evolution of the species.
2. the morphological and structural changes that occur during insect development. Also palingenesia, palingenesy.palingenetic, adj.
See also: Form
a belief that baptism effects a new birth or regeneration. Also palingenesy. — palingenesist, n. — palingenesian, adj.
See also: Baptism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palingenesis - emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species
growing, growth, ontogenesis, ontogeny, maturation, development - (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
caenogenesis, cainogenesis, cenogenesis, kainogenesis, kenogenesis - introduction during embryonic development of characters or structure not present in the earlier evolutionary history of the strain or species (such as the addition of the placenta in mammalian evolution)
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these masters, and conveyed the lessons of palingenesis and metempsychosis, that is, of regeneration and transmutation, through the disguise of that ludicrous story.
However, while modern Benuaq eschatology would rather have the kelelungan go to God, they may well have entered a cycle of palingenesis.
Herder certainly suggests the possibility of a continuing existence after death or so-called palingenesis, in his religiously informed Ideen, which was one of Kant's major criticisms in his review.
And the fact that there are two kinds of people occasions of necessity the fact of two kinds of human life and consciousness of life, and of two kinds of sciences; for which reason the idea of unity of science, taken in its absolute sense, implies the denial of the fact of palingenesis [new birth], and therefore from principle leads to the rejection of the Christian religion.
The British historian explains the term of palingenesis as a total revolution of state, economics, and society, from the legislative through to the cultural level.
To remember is to remake what was, to enact a palingenesis.