Incinerate meaning

ĭn-sĭnə-rāt
To burn completely.
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The definition of incinerate is to burn something until only ashes remain.

An example of incinerate is to cremate a body.

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To cause to burn to ashes.
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To burn to ashes; burn up; cremate.
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(obsolete) Reduced to ashes by burning; thoroughly consumed.

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Origin of incinerate

  • Medieval Latin incinerāre incinerāt- Latin in- causative pref. in–2 Latin cinis ciner- ashes

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin incinerātus, perfect participle of incinerō < incinerare (“to burn into ashes”) < cinis (“ashes”).

    From Wiktionary