- 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.
- 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
Related Wordsembodied, substantiated, personified, typified, manifested, human, physical, real, tangible
Examples from the Web for incarnate
In that happy place of the collective imagination, Snowden is practically an avatar of our secular devil—“negativity” incarnate.Edward Snowden, Not Pope Francis, Is the Person of the Year
December 12, 2013
He became a flame-demon, a sort of incarnate spirit of fire.Storyology
Apart from that, the new-chum is the incarnate comedy of colonial life.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
True, God himself was now incarnate on earth—of that they had no doubt.
It hath gone out from me; it will incarnate itself in another, in a nobler.
Is she not an incarnate angel who can be compared to no one but you?The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- possessing bodily form, esp the human forma devil incarnate
- personified or typifiedstupidity incarnate
- (esp of plant parts) flesh-coloured or pink
- to give a bodily or concrete form to
- to be representative or typical of
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.