What is avatar?

  • (noun): A new personification of a familiar idea.
    Example: "The very avatar of cunning"
    Synonyms: embodiment, incarnation
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In Hinduism, an avatar /ˈævətɑr/ (, from Sanskrit अवतार avatāra "descent") is a deliberate descent of a deity to earth, or a descent of the Supreme Being (i.e., Vishnu for Vaishnavites), and is mostly translated into English as "incarnation", but more accurately as "appearance" or "manifestation".

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... Although Avatar is not considered anime because of its American origin, Tasha Robinson of the SciFi Channel observed that "Avatar blurs the line between anime and domestic cartoons ... Avatar The Last Airbender borrows extensively from East Asian art to create its fictional universe ... The Avatar, an incarnation of a divine being, is supposed to maintain the world's order ...
Social Interaction In MMORPGs - Virtual Relationships in MMORPGs
... Users can choose a specific avatar (a virtual representation of oneself), which may or may not characterize their actual appearance ... In some cases, users may select an avatar that represents their ideal self, that is, what an individual aspires to look like ... Nicholas Yee classifies an avatar into two categories, namely a projection or idealization of one's identity and an experiment with new identities ...
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... Valmiki Avatar Kashyap Avatar Sukra Avatar Baches Avatar Vyas Avatar Khat Rishi Avatar Kalidas Avatar ...
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... Avatar The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno (known as Avatar The Legend of Aang – Into the Inferno in Europe) is a video game based on the Nickelodeon animated TV Series Avatar ...
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... Amanda Sickler as Sophie Elizabeth Dennehy as Sandra Joel Swetow as Avatar Alpha Ian Anthony Dale as Avatar Gamma Patrice Fisher as Avatar Beta Rebecca ...

More definitions of "avatar":

  • (noun): The manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal form.
    Example: "The Buddha is considered an avatar of the god Vishnu"