Nativity

Definition of Nativity

Na`tiv´i`ty
n.1.The coming into life or into the world; birth; also, the circumstances attending birth, as time, place, manner, etc.
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 one's future destinies; a horoscope.
The Nativity
the birth or birthday of Christ; Christmas day.
To cast one's nativity
(Astrol.) to find out and represent the position of the heavenly bodies at the time of one's birth.

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