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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.
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(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
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(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.
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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
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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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When the exhibition moves into her final period - labelled Palingenesis, Greek for 're-birth' - the paintings become emptier, more restrained, using space in more interesting ways.
However, Bonnet went further in these conceptual developments, and introduced the concepts of nesting [emboitement] and palingenesis [palingenesie], into the conceptual framework of evolution.
The protagonist's desire for a technological palingenesis should obviously be interpreted as an allegory of Volponi's longing for a renewed society: as a consequence, the adoption of a figurative interpretation need not necessarily to result in an inadequate approach to the text.
Then he shifts to more immediately literary concerns by explicating the role of myth and palingenesis within Ukrainian nationalist thought.
Rather than reliving religion in its inner depth, they were contented on one hand with formulas and rites or else, on the other, with arid logical and dialectic disciplines replacing the anxiety of a spiritual palingenesis with theological reasoning.
Digby was profoundly affected by his wife's death and devoted his life to the science of palingenesis, which was always intermixed with the idea of resurrection.
Dee, Sir Kenelm Digby's search for the means to contact the divine leads him in a direction we can identify as scientific: "particularly in his scientific work concerned with palingenesis, the attempt to raise a plant, phoenix-like, from its own ashes, Digby's ideas about science coalesce with ...
In this context, modernists across Europe greeted the mobilization of 1914 with enthusiasm, either welcoming the war as a "purifying fire" that would "clean out" Europe's decay and bring about palingenesis and regeneration, or finding creative inspiration in life at the front (Cohen 163; Griffin 153).
these masters, and conveyed the lessons of palingenesis and metempsychosis, that is, of regeneration and transmutation, through the disguise of that ludicrous story."(8) In sum, despite its crude sexual and magical emphases, the Metamorphoses was interpreted by humanists as being concerned with profound issues such as sin, revelation, mystery initiation, and reality and illusion.
However, while modern Benuaq eschatology would rather have the kelelungan go to God, they may well have entered a cycle of palingenesis.