verb (used with object), in·cin·er·at·ed, in·cin·er·at·ing.
- incidental music,
- incidental parasite,
Origin of incinerate
Examples from the Web for incinerate
The soldiers, under the partial protection of the turn, could incinerate the helpless technies with little danger to themselves.Astounding Stories, August, 1931|Various
Also, we incinerate our victims—again, with full governmental permission.This Crowded Earth|Robert Bloch
The Uaupes in the Amazons incinerate a corpse a month after death, pound up the ashes, and mix them with their fermented drink.
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
Encountering another globe, our sun would doubtless produce so much heat as to incinerate all planetary life.Woman and Womanhood|C. W. Saleeby
Word Origin 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.