Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to burn to ashes.
  • intransitive v. To burn completely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To destroy by burning

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reduced to ashes by burning; thoroughly consumed by fire.
  • transitive v. To burn to ashes; to consume by fire; to burn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To burn to ashes.
  • Burnt to ashes.
  • To be reduced to ashes by the burning off of organic matter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become reduced to ashes
  • v. cause to undergo combustion

Etymologies

Medieval Latin incinerāre, incinerāt- : Latin in-, causative pref.; see in-2 + Latin cinis, ciner-, ashes.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin incinerātus, perfect participle of incinerō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Till the Chair gave out "incinerate," and Brown said he'd be durned

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  • Neil Craigen, 32, rigged a gas pipe and an electrical plug in a bid to "incinerate" two men because they had been rude to him.

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  • Privately, they concede it's ludicrous that God would incinerate those who seek divine truth according to whatever light is available to them; they leave plenty of room for Gandhi and the good Samaritan and the humble tax collector and the strong-willed Roman centurion to achieve "eternal life," whether or not they knew to "confess Jesus of Nazareth as sole lord and savior."

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  • In a seemingly unprovoked attack, the protoss incinerate the terran planet Chau Sara, drawing the ire of the Confederacy.

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  • These facilities gather and incinerate solid waste from wastewater-treatment plants all over the city.

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  • The take-back program, Ausiello said, gave federal authorities a chance to collect and then incinerate the drugs.

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  • We will not fall, but rise in blaze of loss and call, and fly into our births and cry inferno, aye, incinerate your lie. posted by Hal Duncan | 12: 49 AM

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  • Once they are all here then we can get Dick "DARTH VADER" Cheney from some undisclosed location around Washington, DC to push the little red button and incinerate this country.

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  • But the ominous warnings that you must obliterate, incinerate, and forget any email not intended for you don't actually mean anything, according to legal experts.

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