One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of the soul) pass into a different body after death.
- ‘There are many European traditions, from Procopius onwards, which think of Britain as an island of the dead, a resting-place for transmigrating souls.’
- ‘The cycle, like the universe, is believed to have no beginning or end and individuals transmigrate from one existence to the next in accordance with their karma or moral conduct.’
- ‘Buddhism held an alternative but no less unbelievable theology - that there was no such thing as a God, and that on death your soul transmigrates into the body of some new born creature.’
- ‘A distinctive belief is that souls transmigrate (are reincarnated) from generation to generation.’
- ‘Alternatively, Plato thought that all ideas were held from birth in the mind, where they had transmigrated from earlier souls.’
- ‘Leukocytes may adhere, transmigrate, release proteases, cause additional endothelial injury, and lead to the development of inflammatory changes in the vessel wall.’
- ‘In other regions where the Javanese have been transmigrated, there have been similar outbreaks of violence, though not as serious.’
- ‘Potential for interethnic conflict has increased over the past decades as more people from Java are transmigrated to outer islands, and more people from the outer islands move to Java.’
- ‘A prerequisite for invasiveness is the ability of pneumococci to transmigrate and to disseminate through the epithelial and endothelial layers and to breach the blood-brain barrier.’
Late Middle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘transferred’): from Latin transmigrat- ‘removed from one place to another’, from the verb transmigrare (see trans-, migrate).
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