arson

[ahr-suhn]
noun
Law. the malicious burning of another's house or property, or in some statutes, the burning of one's own house or property, as to collect insurance.

Origin:
1670–80; < Anglo-French, Old French < Late Latin ārsiōn- (stem of ārsiō) a burning, equivalent to ārs- (Latin ārd(ere) to burn (cf. ardent) + -t(us) past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion

arsonous, adjective

arsenous, arsonous.
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arson (ˈɑːsən)
 
n
criminal law the act of intentionally or recklessly setting fire to another's property or to one's own property for some improper reason
 
[C17: from Old French, from Medieval Latin ārsiō, from Latin ārdēre to burn; see ardent]
 
'arsonist
 
n

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arson
1670s, from Anglo-Fr. arsoun (1275), from O.Fr. arsion, from L.L. arsionem (nom. arsio) "a burning," from L. arsus pp. of ardere "to burn," from PIE base *as- "to burn, glow" (see ardent). The O.E. term was bærnet, lit. "burning;" and Coke has indictment of burning
(1640). Arsonist is from 1864.
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Example sentences
It is not known yet whether the fire was caused by arson or was an accident.
Before the poll, opponents of the referendum had threatened to disrupt the
  voting through intimidation and arson.
Details remain sketchy at this time, although there have been unconfirmed
  reports of arson or a possible electrical malfunction.
If the prevention of arson is difficult, the arson conviction rate is almost
  nil.
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