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conflagration

[kon-fluh-grey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn fləˈgreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a destructive fire, usually an extensive one.
Origin
1545-1555
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
Synonyms
See flame.
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British Dictionary definitions for conflagrative

conflagration

/ˌkɒnfləˈɡreɪʃən/
noun
1.
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 conflagrative
conflagration
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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