Definition of discarnate in English:



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

    • ‘While in trance, Eileen's voice always changed markedly to the accents of the discarnate being speaking through her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This ambivalence over the simplicity or complexity of the discarnate soul became a point of controversy among later Platonists.’
    • ‘This contributed to the idea that not everything that appears to come from discarnate spirits is necessarily so.’
    • ‘The experiences of the discarnate soul broadly follow the heaven, purgatory and hell ethic of Christian teaching.’
    • ‘He would then use the opportunity to strike up a conversation with the discarnate being.’
    • ‘They quickly found their way into an impromptu session with a visiting trance medium, who claimed to be in touch with discarnate entities.’
    • ‘‘I should prefer to consider the artists as discarnate torch-bearers, with no civic existence whatsoever.’’
    • ‘He referred to the artist in society as special - as a discarnate man who has integral awareness.’
    • ‘Isn't everyone just empty space, a face in the crowd, discarnate until we find love in someone else?’
    • ‘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.’
    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.