- to burn or reduce to ashes; cremate.
Origin of incinerate
Examples from the Web for incineration
I had not, but who could doubt such a thing after having just watched the incineration of almost 3,000 people in lower Manhattan?Boston Marathon Bombing Media Errors Pile Up, as Does the Outrage
April 18, 2013
Barter took the “incineration tube” and directed it on the skin.The Mind Master
Arthur J. Burks
The hour of silence was over; the incineration accomplished.Life of Elie Metchnikoff, 1845-1916
These sepultures are some by incineration, others by inhumation.History of Julius Caesar Vol. 2 of 2
Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
A large amount of phosphates of calcium and magnesium was found in the ash remaining after the incineration of the solid matter.
Later I was told of the "incineration" and his eloquent defense of me, and I thanked him for it.The Story of a Pioneer
Anna Howard Shaw
- to burn up completely; reduce to ashes
Word Origin and History for incineration
1520s, from Middle French incinération (14c.), from Medieval Latin incinerationem (nominative incineratio), noun of action from past participle stem of incinerare (see 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.