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[kon-fluh-grey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn fləˈgreɪ ʃən/
a destructive fire, usually an extensive one.
Origin of conflagration
1545-55; < Latin conflagrātiōn- (stem of conflagrātiō), equivalent to conflagrāt(us) past participle of conflagrāre to burn up (con- con- + flagr- (akin to fulgur lightning, flamma flame, Greek phlóx; see phlox) + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
conflagrative, adjective
See flame. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conflagration
  • The woods were set on fire by the bursting shells, and the conflagration raged.
  • The goal is to predict the area that is at risk from brand-induced fire spread during a large conflagration.
  • Dozens of such bombs could be carried and a few aeroplanes could soon start a general conflagration.
  • The beauty of the movie is all in the conflagration.
  • The pale atmosphere in the room began now to redden as if in the air of some near conflagration.
  • The reprise was a sputtering, closing version of the original conflagration.
  • Meanwhile, the world waited in suspense and terror over the prospect of a nuclear conflagration.
  • But the gas boom that the world is currently experiencing is a conflagration to be celebrated.
  • Of course neither a conflagration nor an end to the regime may be round the corner.
  • In the past integration has sometimes gone before conflagration.
British Dictionary definitions for conflagration


a large destructive fire
Derived Forms
conflagrative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin conflagrātiō, from conflagrāre to be burnt up, from com- (intensive) + flagrāre to burn; related to Latin fulgur lightning
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Word Origin and History for conflagration

1550s, from Middle French conflagration (16c.) or directly from Latin conflagrationem (nominative conflagratio), present participle of conflagrare "to burn up," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + flagrare "to burn" (see flagrant).

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