a destructive fire, usually an extensive one.

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

conflagrative, adjective

See flame. Unabridged
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conflagration (ˌkɒnfləˈɡreɪʃən)
a large destructive fire
[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 & History

1555, from L. conflagrationem (nom. conflagratio), prp. of conflagrare "to burn up," from com- intens. prefix + flagrare "to burn" (see flagrant).
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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.
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