See incinerate and think: "burn, baby, burn!" Whether it’s an old love letter that makes you sad or a terrible picture of yourself, it might be better just to incinerate it, meaning, you burn it.

When you burn something beyond recognition, you incinerate it, as its Latin origins in incinerare, or "into ashes" shows. Once you incinerate something, that’s pretty much all that’s left: ashes. The word has a formal feel and is often used to refer to the removal of waste material — your city might incinerate garbage, for example — but you can use it any time you need to reduce something to ashes.

Definitions of incinerate

v become reduced to ashes

“The paper incinerated quickly”
cause to undergo combustion
Type of:
burn down, burn up, go up
burn completely; be consumed or destroyed by fire

v cause to undergo combustion

burn, burn down, fire
destroy by fire
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

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