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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Nativity  \Na*tiv"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Nativies}.  [F.  nativit['e],  L. 
  nativitas  See  {Native},  and  cf  {Na["i]vet['E]}.] 
  1.  The  coming  into  life  or  into  the  world;  birth;  also  the 
  circumstances  attending  birth,  as  time,  place  manner, 
  etc  --Chaucer. 
 
  I  have  served  him  from  the  hour  of  my  nativity. 
  --Shak. 
 
  Thou  hast  left  .  .  .  the  land  of  thy  nativity. 
  --Ruth  ii  11. 
 
  These  in  their  dark  nativity  the  deep  Shall  yield 
  us  pregnant  with  infernal  flame.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  (Fine  Arts)  A  picture  representing  or  symbolizing  the 
  early  infancy  of  Christ.  The  simplest  form  is  the  babe  in 
  a  rude  cradle,  and  the  heads  of  an  ox  and  an  ass  to 
  express  the  stable  in  which  he  was  born. 
 
  3.  (Astrol.)  A  representation  of  the  positions  of  the 
  heavenly  bodies  as  the  moment  of  one's  birth,  supposed  to 
  indicate  his  future  destinies;  a  horoscope. 
 
  {The  Nativity},  the  birth  or  birthday  of  Christ;  Christmas 
  day 
 
  {To} 
 
  {cast,  or  calculate}, 
 
  {one's  nativity}  (Astrol.),  to  find  out  and  represent  the 
  position  of  the  heavenly  bodies  at  the  time  of  one's 
  birth. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  nativity 
  n  1:  the  event  of  being  born;  "they  celebrated  the  birth  of  their 
  first  child"  [syn:  {birth},  {nascency},  {nascence}] 
  [ant:  {death}] 
  2:  the  theological  doctrine  that  Jesus  Christ  had  no  human 
  father;  Christians  believe  that  Jesus's  birth  fulfilled 
  Old  Testament  prophecies  and  was  attended  by  miracles;  the 
  Nativity  is  celebrated  at  Christmas  [syn:  {Virgin  Birth}, 
  {Nativity}] 




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