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What's the meaning of the phrase 'The Devil incarnate'?

The Devil in human form.

What's the origin of the phrase 'The Devil incarnate'?

From Shakespeare's King Henry V, 1598, and Titus Andronicus, 1588:

Henry V - Boy: Yes, that a' did; and said they were devils
incarnate.

Titus Andronicus - LUCIUS: O worthy Goth, this is the incarnate devil
That robb'd Andronicus of his good hand;
This is the pearl that pleased your empress' eye,
And here's the base fruit of his burning lust.
Say, wall-eyed slave, whither wouldst thou convey
This growing image of thy fiend-like face?
Why dost not speak? what, deaf? not a word?
A halter, soldiers! hang him on this tree.
And by his side his fruit of bastardy.

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