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incarnate (adj.)

late 14c., "embodied in flesh, in human or bodily form" (of souls, spirits, etc.), from Late Latin incarnatus "made flesh," a frequent word among early Christian writers, past-participle adjective from Latin incarnare "to make flesh" (see incarnation). Of qualities or abstractions, 1530s.

incarnate (v.)

"clothe or embody in flesh," 1530s, a back-formation from incarnation, or else from Late Latin incarnatus "made flesh," past participle of incarnare "to make flesh; be made flesh." Meaning "make or form flesh" (as in healing a wound) is from 1670s. Related: Incarnated; incarnating.

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Definitions of incarnate
1
incarnate (v.)
make concrete and real;
incarnate (v.)
represent in bodily form;
Synonyms: body forth / embody / substantiate
2
incarnate (adj.)
possessing or existing in bodily form; "what seemed corporal melted as breath into the wind"- Shakespeare;
an incarnate spirit
Synonyms: bodied / corporal / corporate / embodied
incarnate (adj.)
invested with a bodily form especially of a human body;
a monarch...regarded as a god incarnate
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