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[adjective in-kahr-nit, -neyt; verb in-kahr-neyt] /adjective ɪnˈkɑr nɪt, -neɪt; verb 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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  • In the incarnate Son of God we see the full development and realization of the Biblical idea of holiness.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • The spirit of their home and life was as it were incarnate in them.

    Rene Mauperin Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  • Yes; that seems so to you, because upon your planet no soul can incarnate itself otherwise than in a human embryo.

    Lumen Camille Flammarion
  • I think Marion more and more the incarnate soul of her father.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • He was the incarnate suspicion, the incarnate anger, the incarnate ruthlessness of a political and social regime on its defence.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • All knowledge shall be human, incarnate, expressive, artistic.

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee
  • To be sure, his power was real, and power is the principal manifestation of the tyrant who is incarnate.

  • She fled from this spectre as if she had seen the Evil One incarnate.

  • Humanity leans more readily on the incarnate Savior than on Him who was "before the world was."

    Peter the Hermit Daniel A. Goodsell
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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