- The definition of incinerate is to burn something until only ashes remain.
An example of incinerate is to cremate a body.
intransitive verbincinerated, incinerating
Origin of incinerate; from Medieval Latin incineratus, past participle of incinerare, to burn to ashes ; from Classical Latin in, in, to + cinis (gen. cineris), ashes ; from Indo-European an unverified form kenis ; from base an unverified form ken-, to scratch, rub from source Classical Greek konis, dust, ashes
verbin·cin·er·at·ed, in·cin·er·at·ing, in·cin·er·ates
Origin of incinerateMedieval Latin incinerāre, incinerāt- : Latin in-, causative pref.; see in–2 + Latin cinis, ciner-, ashes.
(third-person singular simple present incinerates, present participle incinerating, simple past and past participle incinerated)
- (obsolete) Reduced to ashes by burning; thoroughly consumed.
From Latin incinerātus, perfect participle of incinerō < incinerare (“to burn into ashes”) < cinis (“ashes”).