- to reduce (a dead body) to ashes by fire, especially as a funeral rite.
- to consume by fire; burn.
Origin of cremate
Examples from the Web for cremation
Then Heal STL was burned down Monday like a moribund body for cremation.The Baptism of Michael Brown Sr. and Ferguson’s Baptism by Fire
November 27, 2014
Cammue, whose agency has now performed a thorough assessment of the current cremation process at Boystown, is extremely concerned.
"Cremation is not necessary to have safe and dignified burial," Tarik Jasarevic tells me.
Last November, for example, I managed to track down a celebrated tantric at a cremation ground near Birbhum in West Bengal.Road Tripping With Sufi Mystics
June 18, 2010
For an instant Azuba stared, white-faced, at the cremation of the bonnet.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
In Siam cremation is the general way of disposing of the dead.Travels in the Far East
Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
It is but seldom that a cremation is not in progress at the burning ghat.East of Suez
Frederic Courtland Penfield
It avoids even the fumes that are given off in cremation of the dead.The Critic in the Orient
George Hamlin Fitch
The cremation, my dear, has nothing in truth to do with the Fixed Period.The Fixed Period
- (tr) to burn up (something, esp a corpse) and reduce to ash
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.