incarnate

[adjective in-kahr-nit, -neyt; verb in-kahr-neyt]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. incarcerated hernia,
  2. incarceration,
  3. incardinate,
  4. incardination,
  5. incarnadine,
  6. incarnation,
  7. incarvillea,
  8. incas,
  9. incase,
  10. incaution

Origin of incarnate

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 formsnon·in·car·nate, adjectivenon·in·car·nat·ed, adjectiveun·in·car·nate, adjectiveun·in·car·nat·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for incarnated

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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