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What Is Incinerate? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS INCINERATE – In this topic, we will first know the definition of this term and how is this term used in sentences.



The Oxford Dictionary defines the term as the following:

  • destroy (something, especially waste material) by burning.

On the other hand, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • to cause to burn to ashes


Here are the following synonyms of this term:

  • burn
  • burn up
  • reduce to ashes
  • consume by fire
  • carbonize
  • cremate


It is a late 15th century term which is from medieval Latin term incinerat-, which means ‘burnt to ashes’. This came from the verb incinerare, which is from the two words in or ‘into, towards’; and cinisciner or ‘ashes’.


Here are some of the examples:

  • The government is proposing to incinerate cattle carcasses at 22 sites, some of which are in populated areas.
  • The craft they are on will eventually reenter the atmosphere and incinerate.
  • What the fire didn’t incinerate, the electrified clouds would.
  • For years, burn pits were used to incinerate all kinds of unwanted stuff–from waste to hazardous materials and even chemicals.

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