Definition of born-again in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting a person who has converted to a personal faith in Christ (with reference to John 3:3)

    ‘a born-again Christian’
    • ‘He personally identifies with the born-again evangelicals within his own party.’
    • ‘The majority of Christians (ie, Protestants, born-again Christians, Catholics) and a plurality of Muslims oppose moving genes from one species or organism to another.’
    • ‘I like to think that, somehow, she'd have managed, that her miraculous born-again faith would have brought comfort and hope.’
    • ‘Two-fifths of Republicans, born-again Christians and people with incomes less than $25,000 would take revenues away from environmental programs.’
    • ‘Some of the theology from the songs of Dylan's born-again era is a little blunt, but his words had the same transformative power on me in 1979 as they did on my parents in the early '60s.’
    • ‘Ask a born-again person about his or her faith and they will probably mention their experience of the indwelling Christ and how important that is to them on a day-by-day basis.’
    • ‘One example of this failure is the fact that most Americans, including a majority of born-again Christians, don't believe that Satan is real.’
    • ‘He was a born-again Christian and he was the choirmaster in his church and that is considered to be very, very important in Kenya: if you're a choirmaster you're a respectable person in the community.’
    • ‘The survey leaves all sorts of questions unanswered - not least why born-again Christians should score highly when many would say they are the same people as Evangelicals.’
    • ‘His born-again brother resents him, his sister-in-law looks like his mother, his ex-girlfriend has a daughter that has had as many birthdays as he has spent years away and his father had a secret den.’
    • ‘Warner was a born-again Christian, and he wanted everyone to know it.’
    • ‘Only 9% of born-again US Christians have such a perspective on life.’
    • ‘Protestant fundamentalists believe that shortly before the end, all the born-again Christians with true faith will be snatched up to heaven, and they call this Rapture.’
    • ‘Thus born-again Christians and mainstream believers alike affirm both a spiritual identity and a religious identity.’
    • ‘Under the new covenant we have the born-again experience, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the body and blood of Christ, and the ministries and gifts of the Holy Spirit.’
    • ‘So, born-again Christians may be very successful politically, but culturally they're still under constant attack.’
    • ‘Twenty years later, though, in the hands of performers who know how to sing the gospel, they are undergoing their own born-again experience.’
    • ‘In fact, I've heard that the number of real born-again Christians may be less than half a percent.’
    • ‘In the pages leading up to the novel's climax, both Cameron Williams and Chloe Stole, the most skeptical and secular of the book's protagonists, embrace Christ and become born-again Christians.’
    • ‘Contrast him to his opponent Jimmy Carter, a born-again Southern Baptist, a Sunday school teacher, and brother to a prominent faith healer.’
    1. 1.1 Newly converted to and very enthusiastic about an idea or cause.
      ‘born-again environmentalists’
      • ‘He has lost all faith in nihilism and is a born-again Linux enthusiast.’
      • ‘It ain't perfect, but it sure had the rawest energy since the '80s, like some born-again punk band.’
      • ‘Nazmi is more than just a simple farmer: he is a born-again farmer with a zealous devotion to organic farming and a burning desire to organize other people around him to reap its benefits as well.’
      • ‘She said she then became a born-again Muslim and embraced a fundamentalist interpretation of the religion.’
      • ‘He's going to try to paint McCain as being some born-again liberal.’
      • ‘Witnessing hell has made me a born-again atheist.’
      • ‘I'm like a born-again apathetic!’
      • ‘Announce ourselves, like those born-again virgins in America, to be newly without sin?’
      • ‘Maybe my enthusiasm is just that of a born-again geek, but I'm inclined to agree.’
      • ‘Greg Bourne has been described as a born-again greenie but he rejects that tag and says it wasn't disillusionment with the oil industry that prompted him to make the switch’
      • ‘This born-again Jew strongly emphasized to me that ‘the creation message is vital to preaching the gospel in Israel,’ and that our website can be an effective tool.’
      • ‘It was Rich who named me a Born Again Birder.’
      • ‘As compelling, it describes Napolitano's personal odyssey from his days of supporting Richard Nixon to becoming a "born-again individualist" after eight years on the Garden State bench, which he left in 1995.’
      • ‘Then slip on these and be a born again denim diva.’


North American
  • A born-again Christian.

    • ‘They have an evangelical fervour that turns speakers into born-agains, again and again.’
    • ‘When I finished my stint with pursuing life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, I returned to these shores determined to become a born-again.’
    • ‘Actually, Jesus of the Week is making fun of the tacky images produced by Allen's own subculture, the insular world of US born-agains.’
    • ‘Divorce rates are the same for born-agains and non-religious people.’
    • ‘Any smugness on my part, though, must be tempered by the admission that if it were the Bible that you were talking about, then we'd be in there swinging to get hold of Ezekiel before the Methodists or the born-agains.’
    • ‘Atheists are even preachier than hard-core born-agains.’
    • ‘The poll has an overrepresentation of "marrieds and born-agains," says Pollitt, which may have skewed the responses.’
    • ‘Cheney, unlike Bush, does not speak the language of the born-again.’
    • ‘Hutchinson is a big-time born-again who attacked Bill Clinton for his infidelities.’
    • ‘She goes to church, but she's not one of those born-again types like Jessie and Lisa.’
    • ‘But how do you drill this into the heads of the millions of self-styled born-agains who are less dogmatic?’
    • ‘I wonder what our president thinks of that big Happy Ending, since he's a born-again.’
    • ‘A December 2002 Gallup poll found that 46 percent of Americans consider themselves born-again or evangelical.’
    • ‘But the story of Ronald Reagan, the much-loved symbol of a US born-again after the self-hating 1960s and 1970s, still resonates with ordinary Americans.’
    • ‘Followers bring born-agains into the fold (including diva disciple Sylvester).’
    • ‘Today we have a Protestant born-again who tries to enlist the Pope to intervene in an American election.’
    • ‘Half the born-agains are still lost souls, a researcher finds, and there's a reason.’
    • ‘Perhaps an overrepresentation of marrieds and born-agains helps explain the abortion responses, which are on the anti-choice end of the current spectrum of polls.’
    • ‘They talk with the earnest enthusiasm of the born-again: comedy Wayans-style is as much a belief system as it is a form of entertainment.’
    • ‘When he heeds the call of religion, he starts turning the local into a meeting place for fellow born-agains.’
    devotee of, adherent of, disciple of, follower of, supporter of, upholder of, worshipper in
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