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often postpositive
  • 1(especially of a deity or spirit) embodied in flesh; in human form.

    ‘God incarnate’
    • ‘he chose to be incarnate as a man’
    • ‘Correct Orthodox belief says that Christ has one indivisible nature, human and divine, godhead and humanity fused and inseparable, that the incarnate Christ was fully human and fully divine at one and the same time.’
    • ‘Herbert takes the incarnation with absolute literalness, often simply identifying the incarnate Christ with God.’
    • ‘Firstly, it is the incarnate Christ who reveals the Father, while yet veiling the sinner from God's burning holiness.’
    • ‘The miracle stories of the New Testament can no longer be interpreted in a post-Newtonian world as supernatural events performed by an incarnate deity.’
    • ‘He argued that if telepathy were seen as the action of the incarnate spirit, a principle independent of the material body, perhaps this would support the idea of the existence of spirits without a body.’
    • ‘I think I've always been drawn to communities that really do manifest some notion of a sort of incarnate Christ or being.’
    • ‘But what role can Scripture play in such an understanding of God's ‘primal historical’ meeting with persons in the incarnate Christ?’
    • ‘They are depicted as descending by themselves, or with the dove of the Holy Spirit, or with the incarnate Christ Child enmeshed among the luminous striations.’
    • ‘This is also the meaning of the incarnate God entering human history through a manger and not Herod's palace.’
    • ‘The belief that any human being was God incarnate runs afoul of those norms, as Greenberg seems to recognize at the end of his response.’
    • ‘This has shown that Christ's priesthood cannot be understood as either male or female, but as a priesthood of the incarnate Logos of God, who assumed the perfect human nature without the sin.’
    • ‘The Son became incarnate, taking on human flesh.’
    • ‘The Vera Icon clearly shows the humiliation and abjection of the incarnate Christ.’
    • ‘Have mercy on us and give us strength to bear what the word of God reveals - that a sinless, incarnate God died for our sins.’
    • ‘Trinity Sunday celebrates the belief in the incomprehensible mystery of God, not only as Spirit, but also as God creator and God incarnate.’
    • ‘The material dimension includes objects in which the spirit of a religion becomes incarnate, such as churches, temples, works of art, statues, sacred sites, and holy places like pilgrimage sites.’
    • ‘For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human.’
    • ‘The exemplary view has a somewhat different flavor depending on whether the emphasis falls on Jesus as an example of human faithfulness toward God or on the incarnate God's humble appeal to humanity.’
    • ‘Here it is the incarnate God, who walked among us in human form, experiencing life as we do.’
    • ‘The central symbol of much of the ancient pagan cult in biblical Canaan was the Ashera tree, symbol of the Goddess Ashera incarnate.’
    in human form, in the flesh, in physical form, in bodily form, made flesh, made manifest
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    1. 1.1postpositive Represented in the ultimate or most extreme form.
      ‘here is capitalism incarnate’
      • ‘Whoever this being was, he seemed to represent beauty incarnate.’
      • ‘This album is madness, suffering, pain, and sorrow incarnate.’



/inˈkärnət/ /ɪnˈkɑrnət/ /inˈkärˌnāt/ /ɪnˈkɑrˌneɪt/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Embody or represent (a deity or spirit) in human form.

    ‘the idea that God incarnates himself in man’
    • ‘Webb says his band is called not to create the newest, most innovative style of worship but to pursue excellence and incarnate Christ in the arena of music.’
    • ‘These were said to incarnate the spirit of their gods and their death was followed by a period of national mourning.’
    • ‘You will be incarnated as a human to be a Buddha and save all beings.’
    • ‘Even God, when incarnates on earth in human garb, adheres to the Divine Principle by offering Himself to the lotus feet of the perfect spiritual master of the time.’
    • ‘The terrible grief I felt at the miscarriage was not because my body had evacuated a waste product, but because I mourned a human spirit never to be incarnated, who would never be, never know this world.’
    • ‘That is ultimately what a virgin is, a woman who is free, and it is a free, blessed and happy humanity that is able to incarnate God.’
    • ‘Therefore, in every age God incarnates Himself as the Guru, to teach humanity the secrets of God and Self.’
    • ‘But it makes more sense to me to speak of Jesus as one who incarnated God.’
    • ‘When spirit incarnates and takes flesh, a Persona is also taken, an astral personality and this is another version of the fall into matter.’
    • ‘It's more like… the consciousness that is the Universe incarnates parts of itself to live in itself to learn more about itself.’
    • ‘The Lord incarnates Himself in each and every one of them and in each and every type of living species.’
    • ‘One of the romantic scenes, the Vrindavan episode, where Krishna incarnated himself for every individual gopi, is very common.’
    • ‘With birth, your soul, higher being, superconscious or whatever you want to call it is incarnated into the physical manifestation that we call our body.’
    • ‘In the Mahbhrata, Lakmi is incarnated as Draupad, the wife of the Pava brothers.’
    1. 1.1Put (an idea or other abstract concept) into concrete form.
      ‘a desire to make things which will incarnate their personality’
      • ‘The memorial thus incarnates an assumption of African primitivism that suggests that the intended audience is in fact Western tourists.’
      • ‘Since 1857 Hali, Sir Syed and Shibli adopted the new trend of ghazals written in such a way that they incarnated deep thoughts.’
      • ‘Contemplating the amazing variety of forms and styles in which Picasso incarnates sexual ideas, you could make a case that Picasso was less interested in sex per se than in how he could exploit it for the sake of art.’
      • ‘The French propensity to incarnate ideas in depictions of the carnal reaches a high point in Klossowski's fiction, which indeed resembles Sade's in a few ways.’
      • ‘Cultural criticism, by contrast, not only valorizes the refractoriness, opacity, and allusive metaphoricity of the avant-garde aesthetic, it also incarnates these same qualities.’
      • ‘The contest between visuality and textuality incarnates the interplay between the political and the aesthetic, between justice and pleasure, truth and beauty.’
      • ‘These beliefs hold that America alone incarnates Good.’
      • ‘If consciousness could be incarnated in created physical forms, what are the requirements to draw consciousness into something?’
      • ‘Actual terms [the concrete] never resemble the [virtual] singularities they incarnate.’
      • ‘That movie is about cunning, wit and irony - as incarnated in the larger-than-life figure of an Austrian super-star who is more American than millions of native-borns.’
      • ‘Obviously, the task of the government prosecutor is to present the case for the prosecution, and therefore by definition he can hardly incarnate neutrality.’
    2. 1.2(of a person) be the living embodiment of (a quality)
      ‘the man who incarnates the suffering which has affected every single Mozambican’
      • ‘She also incarnates expatriate women, like Hooda, living in exile in London and perpetually nursing her Scotch, and the American woman watching CNN in dismay.’
      • ‘The reason for pre-eminence recognized in Peter is that he incarnates the unity and universality of the church.’
      • ‘Strong-willed, sexually voracious Alys Robi in Ma vie en cinemascope incarnates the spirit of Quebec and its contradictions.’



/ˈinˌkärnˌāt/ /ˈɪnˌkɑrnˌeɪt/


Late Middle English from ecclesiastical Latin incarnat- ‘made flesh’, from the verb incarnare, from in- ‘into’ + caro, carn- ‘flesh’.