incinerate

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
  1. verb
    become reduced to ashes
    “The paper incinerated quickly”
    Synonyms:
    burn
    cause to undergo combustion
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    type of:
    burn down, burn up, go up
    burn completely; be consumed or destroyed by fire
  2. verb
    cause to undergo combustion
    synonyms: burn
    burn, burn down, fire
    destroy by fire
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    type of:
    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
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