An example of an avatar is an icon you use to represent you on an Internet forum.
Occultism in its present avatar.
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Origin of avatar
- Sanskrit avatāraḥ descent (of a deity from heaven), avatar ava down tarati he crosses terə-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- In computing use, saw some use in 1980s videos games – 1985 online role-playing game Habitat by Lucasfilm Games (today LucasArts), by Chip Morningstar and Randy Farmer, later versions of the Ultima series (following religious use in 1985 Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar), and 1989 pen and paper role-playing game Shadowrun. Popularized by 1992 novel Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.
- 1784, from Hindustani (Hindi-Urdu) अवतार / اوتار (avatār), from Sanskrit अवतार (ava-tāra, “descent of a deity from a heaven”), a compound of अव (ava, “off, away, down”) and the vṛddhi-stem of the root √tṝ (“to cross”).