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incendiary

[in-sen-dee-er-ee] /ɪnˈsɛn diˌɛr i/
adjective
1.
used or adapted for setting property on fire:
incendiary bombs.
2.
of or relating to the criminal setting on fire of property.
3.
tending to arouse strife, sedition, etc.; inflammatory:
incendiary speeches.
4.
tending to inflame the senses:
an incendiary extravaganza of music and dance.
noun, plural incendiaries.
5.
a person who deliberately sets fire to buildings or other property, as an arsonist.
6.
Military. a shell, bomb, or grenade containing napalm, thermite, or some other substance that burns with an intense heat.
7.
a person who stirs up strife, sedition, etc.; an agitator.
Origin of incendiary
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin incendiārius, equivalent to incendi(um) a fire (incend(ere) to kindle (in- in-2 + -cendere, transitive v. from base of candēre to shine, be hot; see candent, candid, candor) + -ium -ium) + -ārius -ary
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  • They called upon the government to forbid the sending of the Liberator and similar "incendiary publications" through the mails.

  • But the incendiary had taken care to do his work so well that it was already impossible.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The last of these incendiary attempts had occurred shortly before my visit.

    Savage Island Basil C. Thomson
  • Obscurantism is better than the light of incendiary torches.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Thats because there is nothing in it, answered Raimundo, who could not restrain his contempt for the incendiary.

British Dictionary definitions for incendiary

incendiary

/ɪnˈsɛndɪərɪ/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the illegal burning of property, goods, etc
2.
tending to create strife, violence, etc; inflammatory
3.
(of a substance) capable of catching fire, causing fires, or burning readily
noun (pl) -aries
4.
a person who illegally sets fire to property, goods, etc; arsonist
5.
(esp formerly) a person who stirs up civil strife, violence, etc, for political reasons; agitator
6.
Also called incendiary bomb. a bomb that is designed to start fires
7.
an incendiary substance, such as phosphorus
Word Origin
C17: from Latin incendiārius setting alight, from incendium fire, from incendere to kindle
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Word Origin and History for incendiary

c.1400 as a noun, "person who sets malicious fires;" mid-15c. as an adjective, "capable of being used to set fires," from Latin incendiarius "causing a fire," from incendium "conflagration," from incendere "set on fire," figuratively, "incite, rouse, enrage," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + *candere "to set alight, cause to glow," related to candere "to shine" (see candle). Figurative sense of "enflaming passions" (adj.) is from 1610s. Military use, of bombs, shells, etc., attested from 1871. The obsolete verb incend is attested from c.1500.

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