Definition of discarnate in English:



  • (of a person or being) not having a physical body.

    ‘methods for communicating with the dead or with discarnate spirits’
    • ‘‘I should prefer to consider the artists as discarnate torch-bearers, with no civic existence whatsoever.’’
    • ‘Well, that Free Age thread the other day seemed to be discussing the prophecies of an alleged discarnate entity called Seth.’
    • ‘The incarnate Son is as it were forcibly made discarnate in death, and his divine-human spirit returns to his Father and his God, just as in human death the dust returns to the earth.’
    • ‘The following story is about an evil discarnate being which may have been responsible for thousands of deaths in 18th century Liverpool.’
    • ‘That put me onto a new track altogether, where the secrets of life were no longer the exclusive property of discarnate spirits but were here-now, always.’
    • ‘He would then use the opportunity to strike up a conversation with the discarnate being.’
    • ‘This ambivalence over the simplicity or complexity of the discarnate soul became a point of controversy among later Platonists.’
    • ‘He ventured that poltergeists could in principle be both living and dead because discarnate entities might be interacting with the energy of living persons to effect physical manifestations.’
    • ‘They quickly found their way into an impromptu session with a visiting trance medium, who claimed to be in touch with discarnate entities.’
    • ‘The experiences of the discarnate soul broadly follow the heaven, purgatory and hell ethic of Christian teaching.’
    • ‘Isn't everyone just empty space, a face in the crowd, discarnate until we find love in someone else?’
    • ‘This contributed to the idea that not everything that appears to come from discarnate spirits is necessarily so.’
    • ‘While in trance, Eileen's voice always changed markedly to the accents of the discarnate being speaking through her.’
    • ‘He referred to the artist in society as special - as a discarnate man who has integral awareness.’
    • ‘In the same manner the discarnate being may find certain memories in the subconsciousness of the medium which will recall certain facts connected with his past earth life.’
    intangible, impalpable, indefinable, indescribable, vague, obscure, unclear, indistinct
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Late 19th century: from dis- ‘without’ + Latin caro, carn- ‘flesh’ or late Latin carnatus ‘fleshy’.