- The definition of incinerate is to burn something until only ashes remain.
An example of incinerate is to cremate a body.
Origin: from Midieval Latin incineratus, past participle of incinerare, to burn to ashes from Classical Latin in, in, to plush cinis (gen. cineris), ashes from Indo-European an unverified form kenis from base an unverified form ken-, to scratch, rub from source Glassical Greek konis, dust, ashes
- incineration noun
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verb in·cin·er·at·ed, in·cin·er·at·ing, in·cin·er·ates verb, transitive
Origin: Medieval Latin incinerāre, incinerāt- : Latin in-, causative pref.; see in-2 + Latin cinis, ciner-, ashes.
- in·cinˌer·aˈtion noun