[ adjective in-kahr-nit, -neyt; verb in-kahr-neyt ]
See synonyms for: incarnateincarnatedincarnatesincarnating on

  1. embodied in flesh; given a bodily, especially a human, form: a devil incarnate.

  2. personified or typified, as a quality or idea: chivalry incarnate.

  1. flesh-colored or crimson.

verb (used with object),in·car·nat·ed, in·car·nat·ing.
  1. to put into or represent in a concrete form, as an idea: The building incarnates the architect's latest theories.

  2. to be the embodiment or type of: Her latest book incarnates the literature of our day.

  1. to embody in flesh; invest with a bodily, especially a human, form: a man who incarnated wisdom and compassion.

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

Other words from incarnate

  • non·in·car·nate, adjective
  • non·in·car·nat·ed, adjective
  • un·in·car·nate, adjective
  • un·in·car·nat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use incarnate in a sentence

  • After the burial of Maroba, Gunpati incarnated in his first-born, who began a conjuring career in his turn.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan | Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • Many souls enter Acheron, and, after a longer or shorter period, return to earth to be incarnated in new bodies.

    Reincarnation | Th. Pascal

British Dictionary definitions for incarnate


adjective(ɪnˈkɑːnɪt, -neɪt) (usually immediately postpositive)
  1. possessing bodily form, esp the human form: a devil incarnate

  2. personified or typified: stupidity incarnate

  1. (esp of plant parts) flesh-coloured or pink

verb(ɪnˈkɑːneɪt) (tr)
  1. to give a bodily or concrete form to

  2. to be representative or typical of

Origin of incarnate

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

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