- to burn or reduce to ashes; cremate.
Origin of incinerate
Examples from the Web for incinerate
Also, we incinerate our victims—again, with full governmental permission.This Crowded Earth
To incinerate is to reduce to ashes; the sense differs little from that of cremate, but it is in less popular use.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
The soldiers, under the partial protection of the turn, could incinerate the helpless technies with little danger to themselves.
The Uaupes in the Amazons incinerate a corpse a month after death, pound up the ashes, and mix them with their fermented drink.
Encountering another globe, our sun would doubtless produce so much heat as to incinerate all planetary life.Woman and Womanhood
C. W. Saleeby
- to burn up completely; reduce to ashes
Word Origin and History for incinerate
1550s, from Medieval Latin incineratus "reduced to ashes," pp. of incinerare, from Latin in- "into" (see in- (2)) + cinis (genitive cineris) "ashes," from PIE root *keni- "dust, ashes" (cf. Greek konis "dust"). Used earlier in English as a past participle adjective meaning "reduced to ashes" (early 15c.). Related: Incinerated; incinerating.