1. embodied in flesh; given a bodily, especially a human, form: a devil incarnate.
  2. personified or typified, as a quality or idea: chivalry incarnate.
  3. flesh-colored or crimson.

verb (used with object), in·car·nat·ed, in·car·nat·ing.

  1. to put into or represent in a concrete form, as an idea: The building incarnates the architect’s latest theories.
  2. to be the embodiment or type of: Her latest book incarnates the literature of our day.
  3. 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)

  1. possessing bodily form, esp the human forma devil incarnate
  2. personified or typifiedstupidity incarnate
  3. (esp of plant parts) flesh-coloured or pink

verb (ɪnˈkɑːneɪt) (tr)

  1. to give a bodily or concrete form to
  2. 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.

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