Incarnate meaning

ĭn-kär'nĭt
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.

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To provide with flesh or a body; embody.
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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.

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To embody in flesh, invest with a bodily, especially a human, form.
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Incarnadine.
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To realize in action or fact; actualize.

A community that incarnates its founders' ideals.

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Endowed with a body, esp. a human body; in bodily form.
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Being a living example of; personified.

Evil incarnate.

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To give actual form to; make real.
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To be the type or embodiment of.

To incarnate the frontier spirit.

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Embodied in flesh; given a bodily, especially a human, form; personified.
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To make carnal, to reduce the spiritual nature of.
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Not in the flesh; spiritual.
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To put into or represent in a concrete form, as an idea.
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Origin of incarnate

  • Middle English from Late Latin incarnātus past participle of incarnāre to make flesh Latin in- causative pref. in–2 Latin carō carn- flesh sker-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Ecclesiastical Latin incarnatus, past participle of incarnari (“be made flesh”), from in- + caro (“flesh”).
    From Wiktionary
  • From the past participle stem of Latin incarnare (“make flesh”), from in- + caro (“flesh”).
    From Wiktionary
  • in- +‎ carnate
    From Wiktionary