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incarnate

adjective in·car·nate \ in-ˈkär-nət , -ˌnāt \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of incarnate

1 a :invested with bodily and especially human nature and form
b :made manifest or comprehensible :embodied
  • a fiend incarnate
2 :incarnadine
  • incarnate clover

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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


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incarnate

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

Definition of incarnate

incarnated; incarnating
transitive verb
:to make incarnate: such 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

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First Known Use of incarnate

1533


INCARNATE Defined for English Language Learners

incarnate

adjective

Definition of incarnate for English Language Learners

  • : having a human body


incarnate

verb

Definition of incarnate for English Language Learners

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



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