- 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
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Examples from the Web for cremate
It began in 1973 for 8-year-old Huang, when his grandmother made her family promise to not cremate her.This Week’s Hot Reads: April 23, 2012
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The Muhammadans desired to bury it and the Hindus to cremate it.
Cremate the cadaver together with the board upon which it is fixed.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
But later "waves" of the fighting charioteers did not cremate their dead.Ancient Man in Britain
Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
They had to cremate the bull for fear the disease would spread.Thy Rocks and Rills
Robert Ernest Gilbert
In some cases these fires were fierce and long continued, as if the object had been to cremate the body.The Prehistoric World
E. A. Allen
- (tr) to burn up (something, esp a corpse) and reduce to ash
C19: from Latin cremāre
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Word Origin and History for cremate
1874, a back-formation from cremation. Related: Cremated; cremating.
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