from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To raise someone to the rank of cardinal
  • v. To enroll someone as a priest of a particular church

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A perversion of incarnate.
  • To attach corporately or as a cardinal part, as a priest to a particular church.
  • To institute formally as cardinal.


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • Thanks much for the erudite comment, and in particular to introducing me to the term cacography, with which I hadn't been familiar.

    December 8, 2010

  • In regard to the Catholic clergy, "Incardinate" is not a cacography of "incarnate". It means to promote a cleric to the rank of cardinal. “Key” men in the RC hierarchy are metaphorically "hinge-men". Although "cardines" is usually translated as ‘hinges’, the ancient "cardo" (plural "cardines") do not “hang”, but are vertical posts, round at the base, on which twin doors pivot in a round-mortised stone. Our term is "key-men", but the key & the keyhole in Italy allude to Amore. Look up "chiavata" and "chiave".

    December 7, 2010