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incarnate Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb make concrete and real
  2. verb represent in bodily form
    embody; substantiate; body forth.
    • He embodies all that is evil wrong with the system
    • The painting substantiates the feelings of the artist
  3. adjective satellite possessing or existing in bodily form
    corporal; bodied; corporate; embodied.
    • what seemed corporal melted as breath into the wind"- Shakespeare
    • an incarnate spirit
    • `corporate' is an archaic term
  4. adjective satellite invested with a bodily form especially of a human body
    • a monarch...regarded as a god incarnate

In*car"nate adjective
Pref. in- not + carnate.
  1. Not in the flesh; spiritual. Obs.
    I fear nothing . . . that devil carnate or incarnate can fairly do. Richardson.
In*car"nate adjective
L. incarnatus, p. p. of incarnare to incarnate, pref. in- in + caro, carnis, flesh. See Carnal.
  1. Invested with flesh; embodied in a human nature and form; united with, or having, a human body.
    Here shalt thou sit incarnate. Milton.
    He represents the emperor and his wife as two devils incarnate, sent into the world for the destruction of mankind. Jortin.
  2. Flesh-colored; rosy; red. Obs. Holland.
In*car"nate transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Incarnated ; present participle & verbal noun Incarnating
  1. To clothe with flesh; to embody in flesh; to invest, as spirits, ideals, etc., with a human from or nature.
    This essence to incarnate and imbrute, That to the height of deity aspired. Milton.
In*car"nate intransitive verb
  1. To form flesh; to granulate, as a wound. R.
    My uncle Toby's wound was nearly well -- 't was just beginning to incarnate. Sterne.

Webster 1913