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[ahr-suh-nist] /ˈɑr sə nɪst/
a person who commits arson.
Origin of arsonist
1860-65; arson + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And then he decimated them, wiping out the databases with the ease of an arsonist flicking a match.
  • Don't make it easy for an arsonist to start a fire or facilitate a fire's spread to adjacent buildings.
  • Further, a fire investigator testified that arson caused the fire and that the arsonist used a flammable liquid accelerant.
  • It matters little whether the property set ablaze belongs to the arsonist or another.
  • In some cases, the arsonist is someone known to staff.
  • The cowardly act of an arsonist places heroic firefighters and first responders at risk of losing their lives.
  • Shortly after it was empty, an arsonist set the structure afire in the early morning hours and it was completely incinerated.
  • Don't make it easy for an arsonist to start a fire or easy for an outdoor fire to spread to a building.
Word Origin and History for arsonist

1864, from arson + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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