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[kree-meyt] /ˈkri meɪt/
verb (used with object), cremated, cremating.
to reduce (a dead body) to ashes by fire, especially as a funeral rite.
to consume by fire; burn.
1870-75; < Latin cremātus past participle of cremāre to burn to ashes; see -ate1
Related forms
[kri-mey-shuh n] /krɪˈmeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
uncremated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for cremation
  • Some families believe in burial, others go for cremation.
  • Families should make these arrangements with a funeral provider or cremation office.
  • Any item or service obtained from a funeral home or cremation office will be at the families expense.
  • Direct cremation: the disposition of human remains by cremation without a formal viewing, visitation, or ceremony.
  • Before accepting human remains, the crematory must verify that identification is attached to the cremation container.
  • During the cremation, the contents of the chamber may be moved to facilitate incineration.
  • In cremation the body of the deceased is burned in a special oven.
  • Thus, cremation is of no overall help with pollution from this source.
British Dictionary definitions for cremation


(transitive) to burn up (something, esp a corpse) and reduce to ash
Derived Forms
cremation, noun
cremationism, noun
cremationist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin cremāre
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Word Origin and History for cremation
1620s, from L. cremationem (nom. crematio), from cremare "to burn," from PIE *krem-, extended form of base *ker- "heat, fire" (see carbon).
1874, a back-formation from (see cremation). Related: Cremated (1874).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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