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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.
Origin of cremate
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 from the web 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 Latin cremationem (nominative crematio), noun of action from past participle stem of cremare "to burn, consume by fire" (also used of the dead), from PIE *krem-, extended form of root *ker- "heat, fire" (see carbon).



1874, a back-formation from cremation. Related: Cremated; cremating.

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