- Incarnate is defined as being in human form or the perfect example or embodiment of something.
- A spirit who chooses to take the shape of a human form is an example of a spirit incarnate.
- A person who is the perfect example of a unrestrained greed is an example of greed incarnate.
- Incarnate means to represent a spirit in human form, to be a perfect example of something, or to put an abstract concept into concrete form.
- When a spirit represents himself in human form, this is an example of a time when a spirit incarnates himself.
- When a person is a perfect example of greed, this is an example of a time when he incarnates greed.
- endowed with a body, esp. a human body; in bodily form
- being a living example of; personified: evil incarnate
- flesh-colored; pink
- red; rosy
Origin of incarnateMiddle English from Ecclesiastical Late Latin incarnatus, past participle of incarnari, to be made flesh from Classical Latin in-, in + caro (gen. carnis), flesh: see carnal
transitive verb-·nat·ed, -·nat·ing
- to provide with flesh or a body; embody
- to give actual form to; make real
- to be the type or embodiment of: to incarnate the frontier spirit
- a. Invested with bodily nature and form: an incarnate spirit.b. Embodied in human form; personified: a villain who is evil incarnate.
transitive verbin·car·nat·ed, in·car·nat·ing, in·car·nates
- a. To give bodily, especially human, form to.b. To personify.
- To realize in action or fact; actualize: a community that incarnates its founders' ideals.
Origin of incarnateMiddle English from Late Latin incarnātus past participle of incarnāre to make flesh Latin in- causative pref. ; see in- 2. Latin carō carn- flesh ; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Ecclesiastical Latin incarnatus, past participle of incarnari (“be made flesh”), from in- + caro (“flesh”).
(third-person singular simple present incarnates, present participle incarnating, simple past and past participle incarnated)
- Not in the flesh; spiritual.
- in a canter
in- + carnate