- embodied in flesh; given a bodily, especially a human, form: a devil incarnate.
- personified or typified, as a quality or idea: chivalry incarnate.
- flesh-colored or crimson.
verb (used with object), in·car·nat·ed, in·car·nat·ing.
- to put into or represent in a concrete form, as an idea: The building incarnates the architect’s latest theories.
- to be the embodiment or type of: Her latest book incarnates the literature of our day.
- to embody in flesh; invest with a bodily, especially a human, form: a man who incarnated wisdom and compassion.
adjective (ɪnˈkɑːnɪt, -neɪt) (usually immediately postpositive)
- possessing bodily form, esp the human forma devil incarnate
- personified or typifiedstupidity incarnate
- (esp of plant parts) flesh-coloured or pink
verb (ɪnˈkɑːneɪt) (tr)
- to give a bodily or concrete form to
- to be representative or typical of
late 14c., from Late Latin incarnatus “made flesh,” a common word among early Christian writers, past participle of Latin incarnare “to make flesh” (see incarnation).
1530s, a back-formation from incarnation, or else from Latin incarnatus, past participle of incarnare (see incarnation). Related: Incarnated; incarnating.