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incarnate

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

Definition of incarnate

  1. 1a :  invested with bodily and especially human nature and formb :  made manifest or comprehensible :  embodied a fiend incarnate

  2. 2 :  incarnadine incarnate clover

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-ˌkär-\

Definition of incarnate

incarnated

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incarnating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make incarnate: such asa :  to give bodily form and substance to incarnates the devil as a serpentb (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


INCARNATE Defined for English Language Learners

incarnate

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Definition of incarnate for English Language Learners

  • : having a human body

incarnate

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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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