Definitions for: Nativity


[n] the theological doctrine that Jesus Christ had no human father; Christians believe that Jesus's birth fulfilled Old Testament prophecies and was attended by miracles; the Nativity is celebrated at Christmas
[n] the event of being born; "they celebrated the birth of their first child"



Webster (1913) Definition: Na*tiv"i*ty, n.; pl. Nativies. [F. nativit['e], L.
nativitas. See Native, and cf. Na["i]vet['E].]
1. The coming into life or into the world; birth; also, the
circumstances attending birth, as time, place, manner,
etc. --Chaucer.

I have served him from the hour of my nativity.
--Shak.

Thou hast left . . . the land of thy nativity.
--Ruth ii. 11.

These in their dark nativity the deep Shall yield
us, pregnant with infernal flame. --Milton.

2. (Fine Arts) A picture representing or symbolizing the
early infancy of Christ. The simplest form is the babe in
a rude cradle, and the heads of an ox and an ass to
express the stable in which he was born.

3. (Astrol.) A representation of the positions of the
heavenly bodies as the moment of one's birth, supposed to
indicate his future destinies; a horoscope.

The Nativity, the birth or birthday of Christ; Christmas
day.

To

cast, or calculate,

one's nativity (Astrol.), to find out and represent the
position of the heavenly bodies at the time of one's
birth.

Synonyms: birth, nascence, nascency, Virgin Birth

Antonyms: death, decease

See Also: alteration, change, Christian theology, delivery, live birth, modification, posthumous birth, rebirth, reincarnation, theological doctrine

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