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Definition of "incarnadine" [in•car•na•dine]

  • Of a fleshy pink color. (adjective)
  • Blood-red. (adjective)
  • To make incarnadine, especially to redden. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "incarnadine" in a sentence
  • "I've had some success in getting them past it when it's a matter of language by saying "English has a huge vocabulary, and the author/poet/whatever could have chosen another word instead of this one - so don't just tell me that Shakespeare uses 'incarnadine' to mean 'red' here, but tell me why 'incarnadine' rather than 'red' makes a difference.""
  • "But then I get long explanations about how Shx uses "incarnadine" instead of "red" because he's a really, really good writer."
  • "A later attempt at Paris to "incarnadine" the neighborhood of the Champs de Mars, and "round up" a number of boulevardiers, met with a more disastrous result, -- the gleam of steel from mounted gendarmes, and a mandate to his employers."