Definitionenpronunciation note: The adjective is pronounced (ɪnkɑːʳnɪt
). The verb is pronounced (ɪnkɑːʳneɪt
1. adjective [n ADJ] If you say that someone is a quality incarnate, you mean that they represent that quality or are typical of it in an extreme form. ⇒ She is evil incarnate. ⇒ He is cynicism incarnate. 2. adjective [v-link ADJ, n ADJ, ADJ n] You use incarnate to say that something, especially a god or spirit, is represented in human form. ⇒ Why should God become incarnate as a male? ⇒ The pharaoh is Osiris, the moon bull incarnate. 3. verb
If you say that a quality is incarnated in a person, you mean that they represent that quality or are typical of it in an extreme form. [be V-ed + in] ⇒ The iniquities of the regime are incarnated in one man. [V n] ⇒ ...a writer who incarnates the changing consciousness of the Americas.
4. verb [usu passive] If you say that someone or something is incarnated in a particular form, you mean that they appear on Earth in that form. [be V-ed prep] ⇒ The god Vishnu was incarnated on Earth as a king.
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