[ adjective in-kahr-nit, -neyt; verb in-kahr-neyt ]
/ adjective ɪnˈkɑr nɪt, -neɪt; verb ɪnˈkɑr neɪt /
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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), in·car·nat·ed, in·car·nat·ing.
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.
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Origin of incarnate

First recorded in 1350–1400; late Middle English, from Late Latin incarnātus, past participle of incarnāre “to make into flesh,” equivalent to in- “in” + carn- “flesh” + -ātus past participle suffix; see in-2, carnal, -ate1


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How to use incarnate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for incarnate


adjective (ɪnˈkɑːnɪt, -neɪt) (usually immediately postpositive)
possessing bodily form, esp the human forma devil incarnate
personified or typifiedstupidity incarnate
(esp of plant parts) flesh-coloured or pink
verb (ɪnˈkɑːneɪt) (tr)
to give a bodily or concrete form to
to be representative or typical of

Word Origin for incarnate

C14: from Late Latin incarnāre to make flesh, from Latin in- ² + carō flesh
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