Definition of born-again in English:



  • 1(of a person) converted to a personal faith in Christ (with reference to John 3:3)

    ‘a born-again Christian’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only 9% of born-again US Christians have such a perspective on life.’
    • ‘In fact, I've heard that the number of real born-again Christians may be less than half a percent.’
    • ‘Warner was a born-again Christian, and he wanted everyone to know it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus born-again Christians and mainstream believers alike affirm both a spiritual identity and a religious identity.’
    • ‘Contrast him to his opponent Jimmy Carter, a born-again Southern Baptist, a Sunday school teacher, and brother to a prominent faith healer.’
    • ‘So, born-again Christians may be very successful politically, but culturally they're still under constant attack.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He personally identifies with the born-again evangelicals within his own party.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I like to think that, somehow, she'd have managed, that her miraculous born-again faith would have brought comfort and hope.’
    • ‘Twenty years later, though, in the hands of performers who know how to sing the gospel, they are undergoing their own born-again experience.’
    1. 1.1Having the extreme enthusiasm of the newly converted or reconverted.
      ‘born-again environmentalists’
      • ‘It ain't perfect, but it sure had the rawest energy since the '80s, like some born-again punk band.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Announce ourselves, like those born-again virgins in America, to be newly without sin?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has lost all faith in nihilism and is a born-again Linux enthusiast.’
      • ‘Maybe my enthusiasm is just that of a born-again geek, but I'm inclined to agree.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm like a born-again apathetic!’
      • ‘Witnessing hell has made me a born-again atheist.’


North American
  • A born-again Christian.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Divorce rates are the same for born-agains and non-religious people.’
    • ‘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 have an evangelical fervour that turns speakers into born-agains, again and again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She goes to church, but she's not one of those born-again types like Jessie and Lisa.’
    • ‘When he heeds the call of religion, he starts turning the local into a meeting place for fellow born-agains.’
    • ‘But how do you drill this into the heads of the millions of self-styled born-agains who are less dogmatic?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cheney, unlike Bush, does not speak the language of the born-again.’
    • ‘The poll has an overrepresentation of "marrieds and born-agains," says Pollitt, which may have skewed the responses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hutchinson is a big-time born-again who attacked Bill Clinton for his infidelities.’
    • ‘Atheists are even preachier than hard-core born-agains.’
    • ‘Followers bring born-agains into the fold (including diva disciple Sylvester).’
    devotee of, adherent of, disciple of, follower of, supporter of, upholder of, worshipper in
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