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1. a new personification of a familiar idea
the embodiment of hope|the incarnation of evil|the very avatar of cunning
2. the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal form
the Buddha is considered an avatar of the god Vishnu
3. The descent of a deity to earth, and his incarnation as a man or an animal; -- chiefly associated with the incarnations of Vishnu.