Definitions for: Avatar


[n] 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"
[n] a new personification of a familiar idea; "the embodiment of hope"; "the incarnation of evil"; "the very avatar of cunning"



Webster (1913) Definition: Av`a*tar", n. [Skr. avat[^a]ra descent; ava from + root
t[.r] to cross, pass over.]
1. (Hindoo Myth.) The descent of a deity to earth, and his
incarnation as a man or an animal; -- chiefly associated
with the incarnations of Vishnu.

2. Incarnation; manifestation as an object of worship or
admiration.

Synonyms: embodiment, incarnation

See Also: deification, Hindu deity, Jagannath, Jagannatha, Jagganath, Juggernaut, Kalki, Krishna, personification, Rama, reincarnation

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