a. Of, relating to, or being a person who has made a conversion or has renewed a commitment to Jesus Christ as their personal savior: a born-again Christian.
b. Of or relating to evangelical Christianity: born-again evangelism.
2. Characterized by renewal, resurgence, or return: a born-again fiscal conservative.
[From born again, in John 3:3 and 3:7.]
born-a·gain′, born-a·gain′er n.
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