Incarnate means “having a bodily form.” If you encounter someone who pulls off butterflies’ wings for fun, you might describe that person as “evil incarnate.”

The meaning of incarnate is precisely what its Latin roots suggest. The prefix in- means “in” and caro means “flesh,” so incarnate means “in the flesh.” The word can be used in positive or negative situations, but it always describes an unusual, possibly miraculous instance in which something that can’t normally be seen or touched assumes a bodily form. For example, the Christian religion was founded on the belief that Jesus was God incarnate.

Definitions of incarnate

adj possessing or existing in bodily form

“an incarnate spirit”
bodied, corporal, corporate, embodied
corporeal, material
having material or physical form or substance

adj invested with a bodily form especially of a human body

“a monarch...regarded as a god incarnate
having a body or a body of a specified kind; often used in combination

v represent in bodily form

body forth, embody, substantiate
Type of:
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v make concrete and real

make immaterial; remove the real essence of
Type of:
actualise, actualize, realise, realize, substantiate
make real or concrete; give reality or substance to

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