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[in-sin-uh-reyt] /ɪnˈsɪn əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), incinerated, incinerating.
to burn or reduce to ashes; cremate.
Origin of incinerate
1545-55; < Medieval Latin incinerātus (past participle of incinerāre) < Latin in- in-2 + ciner- (stem of cinis) ashes + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
incineration, noun
unincinerated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for incineration
  • It also might have mentioned what the cancer-causing pollutants from incineration are, and at what levels.
  • In addition, incineration releases other pollutants and also contributes to global warming.
  • incineration, since it is a method of treatment rather than disposal, has several advantages over land disposal methods.
  • Arises naturally from thermonuclear incineration of a degenerate dwarf.
British Dictionary definitions for incineration


to burn up completely; reduce to ashes
Derived Forms
incineration, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin incinerāre, from Latin in-² + cinis ashes
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Word Origin and History for incineration

1520s, from Middle French incinération (14c.), from Medieval Latin incinerationem (nominative incineratio), noun of action from past participle stem of incinerare (see incinerate).



1550s, from Medieval Latin incineratus "reduced to ashes," pp. of incinerare, from Latin in- "into" (see in- (2)) + cinis (genitive cineris) "ashes," from PIE root *keni- "dust, ashes" (cf. Greek konis "dust"). Used earlier in English as a past participle adjective meaning "reduced to ashes" (early 15c.). Related: Incinerated; incinerating.

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