[ in-sin-uh-reyt ]
/ ɪnˈsɪn əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), in·cin·er·at·ed, in·cin·er·at·ing.

to burn or reduce to ashes; cremate.

Nearby words

  1. incidental music,
  2. incidental parasite,
  3. incidentally,
  4. incidentaloma,
  5. incienso,
  6. incineration,
  7. incinerator,
  8. incipience,
  9. incipiency,
  10. incipient

Origin of incinerate

1545–55; < Medieval Latin incinerātus (past participle of incinerāre) < Latin in- in-2 + ciner- (stem of cinis) ashes + -ātus -ate1

Related formsin·cin·er·a·tion, nounun·in·cin·er·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for incinerate

British Dictionary definitions for incinerate


/ (ɪnˈsɪnəˌreɪt) /


to burn up completely; reduce to ashes
Derived Formsincineration, noun

Word Origin for incinerate

C16: from Medieval Latin incinerāre, from Latin in- ² + cinis ashes

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper