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incarnate

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adjective in·car·nate \in-ˈkär-nət, -ˌnāt\

Simple Definition of incarnate

  • : having a human body

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of incarnate

  1. 1 a :  invested with bodily and especially human nature and form b :  made manifest or comprehensible :  embodied <a fiend incarnate>

  2. 2 :  incarnadine <incarnate clover>

Did You Know?

Incarnate often has a religious ring to it, since for centuries it has been used in the Christian church, which regards Jesus as the incarnation of God--that is, as God made human. Surprisingly, neither word appears in Bible translations; instead, the Latin word incarnatus appears in the Christian creeds (basic statements of belief) and the Catholic Mass. Regardless, incarnate soon began to be used with various nouns: "the devil incarnate", "evil incarnate", etc. Notice that incarnate is one of the rare adjectives that usually, but not always, follows its noun. Incarnate is also a verb, though with a slightly different pronunciation: "This report simply incarnates the prejudices of its authors", "For her followers, she incarnates the virtue of selflessness", etc.

Origin and Etymology of incarnate

Middle English incarnat, from Late Latin incarnatus, past participle of incarnare to incarnate, from Latin in- + carn-, caro flesh — more at carnal


First Known Use: 14th century


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incarnate

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verb in·car·nate \in-ˈkär-ˌnāt, ˈin-ˌ\

Simple Definition of incarnate

  • : to represent (something, such as an idea or quality) in a clear and obvious way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of incarnate

incarnated

incarnating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make incarnate: as a :  to give bodily form and substance to <incarnates the devil as a serpent> b (1) :  to give a concrete or actual form to :  actualize (2) :  to constitute an embodiment or type of <no one culture incarnates every important human value — Denis Goulet>

Examples of incarnate in a sentence

  1. <the general view that Hitler incarnated extreme egotism and indeed evil itself>



1533

First Known Use of incarnate

1533



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