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[adj. in-kahr-nit, -neyt; v. in-kahr-neyt] /adj. ɪnˈkɑr nɪt, -neɪt; v. ɪnˈkɑr neɪt/
embodied in flesh; given a bodily, especially a human, form:
a devil incarnate.
personified or typified, as a quality or idea:
chivalry incarnate.
flesh-colored or crimson.
verb (used with object), incarnated, incarnating.
to put into or represent in a concrete form, as an idea:
The building incarnates the architect's latest theories.
to be the embodiment or type of:
Her latest book incarnates the literature of our day.
to embody in flesh; invest with a bodily, especially a human, form:
a man who incarnated wisdom and compassion.
Origin of incarnate
late Middle English
1350-1400; late Middle English < Late Latin incarnātus past participle of incarnāre to make into flesh, equivalent to in- in-2 + carn- flesh (see carnal) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
nonincarnate, adjective
nonincarnated, adjective
unincarnate, adjective
unincarnated, adjective Unabridged
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  • Gloria, the heroine, is beauty-physical beauty-incarnate.
British Dictionary definitions for incarnate


adjective (usually immediately postpositive) (ɪnˈkɑːnɪt; -neɪt)
possessing bodily form, esp the human form: a devil incarnate
personified or typified: stupidity incarnate
(esp of plant parts) flesh-coloured or pink
verb (transitive) (ɪnˈkɑːneɪt)
to give a bodily or concrete form to
to be representative or typical of
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin incarnāre to make flesh, from Latin in-² + carō flesh
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Word Origin and History for incarnate

late 14c., from Late Latin incarnatus "made flesh," a common word among early Christian writers, past participle of Latin incarnare "to make flesh" (see incarnation).


1530s, a back-formation from incarnation, or else from Latin incarnatus, past participle of incarnare (see incarnation). Related: Incarnated; incarnating.

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