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incendiary

noun

  1. (criminal)  a criminal who illegally sets fire to property
    Synonyms: arsonist, firebug. Type of: criminal
  2. (bomb)  a bomb that is designed to start fires; is most effective against flammable targets (such as fuel)
    Synonyms: firebomb, incendiary bomb. Type of: bomb

adjective

  1. (pertaining adjective)  involving deliberate burning of property
  2. (provocative)  arousing to action or rebellion
    Synonyms: incitive, inflammatory, instigative, rabble-rousing, seditious. Similar to: provocative
  3. (combustible)  capable of catching fire spontaneously, of causing fires, or of burning readily
    Similar to: combustible

Etymology summary

"person who sets malicious fires" (Noun), about 1400; "capable of being used to...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural] | incendiary bomb [synonym, sense-specific] | inflammatory [synonym, sense-specific] | arsonist [synonym, sense-specific] | agitator [synonym, sense-specific]

of or relating to the illegal burning of property, goods, etc | tending to create strife, violence, etc; inflammatory | (of a substance) capable of ... (23 of 558 words, 7 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

incendiary [entry 1, noun] | incendiaries [plural] | agitator [synonym, sense-specific] | arsonist [synonym, sense-specific] | firebug [synonym, sense-specific] | torch [synonym, sense-specific] | pyromaniac [similar, sense-specific] | flamer [similar, sense-specific] | igniter [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a person who commits arson; "arsonist" ; a substance or weapon (as a bomb) used to start fires | a person who excites factions, quarrels, or sedition; ... (26 of 232 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/incendiary

incendiary [entry 2, adjective] | arsonous [synonym, sense-specific] | inflammatory [synonym, sense-specific] | seditious [synonym, sense-specific] | agitational [similar, sense-specific] | instigative [similar, sense-specific] | provocative [similar, sense-specific] | mutinous [similar, sense-specific] | rebellious [similar, sense-specific] | ...

of, relating to, or involving arson; "arsonous" | tending to excite or inflame; "inflammatory" | igniting combustible materials spontaneously ; of, ... (19 of 219 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/incendiary show=1

Wikipedia:

Incendiary [disambiguation]

means "capable of causing fire". It may also refer to: Incendiary device, a device designed to cause fires | Incendiary ammunition, a projectile designed to set fire to a target | Incendiary (novel), a novel by Chris Cleave Incendiary (film), a 2008... (40 of 118 words, 5 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural] | incendiarism [derived]

(of a device or attack) designed to cause fires | tending to stir up conflict | very exciting | an incendiary bomb or device | a person who starts ... (25 of 109 words, 6 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/incendiary

Random House Dictionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural]

used or adapted for setting property on fire. | of or pertaining to the criminal setting on fire of property. | tending to arouse strife, sedition, ... (24 of 101 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/incendiary

New World Dictionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural] | incendiarism [noun, related]

having to do with the willful destruction of property by fire | causing or designed to cause fires, as certain substances, bombs, etc. | willfully ... (23 of 83 words, 6 definitions, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural] | incendiarism [noun, related]

Causing or capable of causing fire. | Of or containing chemicals that produce intensely hot fire when exploded | Of or involving arson. | Tending to ... (23 of 75 words, 7 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Wiktionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural]

Capable of, or used for, or actually causing fire. | Intentionally stirring up strife, riot, rebellion. | Inflammatory, emotionally charged. | Something capable of causing fire, particularly a weapon. | One who maliciously sets fires; an arsonist. | ... (33 of 74 words, 6 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

incendiary

designed for the purpose of causing a fire | likely to cause anger or violence (14 of 39 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/incendiary

incendiary [countable, noun] | incendiaries [plural]

a bomb or missile that causes a fire when it hits something (12 of 37 words, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

incendiary [entry 1, usually before noun]

designed to cause fires (4 of 15 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/incendiary 1

incendiary [entry 2]

likely to cause violence or strong feelings of anger (9 of 18 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/incendiary 2

Encarta Dictionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural]

describes missiles containing highly flammable substances that will cause a fire on impact | able to catch fire spontaneously or cause a fire easily | ... (23 of 135 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620608​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

incendiary

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: "person who sets malicious fires" (Noun), about 1400; "capable of being used to set fires" (adjective), from Latin incendiarius (Noun), from ... (23 of 74 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural]

Origin: Latin incendiārius ("setting alight"), from incendium ("destructive fire"), from incendō ("I set on fire, kindle"), from in- ("into, in, on, upon") + candeō ("I am hot").

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American Heritage Dictionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural]

Origin: Middle English, from Latin incendiārius, from incendium, fire, from incendere, to set on fire; see "incense" [entry 1].

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New World Dictionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural]

Origin: Latin incendiarius, setting on fire, an incendiary from incendium, a fire from incendere: see "incense"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/incendiary

Collins Dictionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural]

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin incendiārius setting alight, from incendium fire, from incendere to kindle

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/incendiary

Oxford Dictionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural]

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin incendiarius, from incendium "conflagration", from incendere "set fire to"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/incendiary

Merriam-Webster:

incendiary [entry 1, noun] | incendiaries [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin incendiarius, from incendium conflagration, from incendere

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/incendiary

Encarta Dictionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Latin incendiarius from incendium "conflagration" from incendere

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620608​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural]

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Collins Dictionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

incendiary

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incendiary [countable, noun] | incendiaries [plural]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

incendiary

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incendiary [countable, noun] | incendiaries [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

incendiary [entry 2]

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the Free Dictionary:

incendiary

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Google Dictionary:

incendiary | incendiaries [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

incendiary

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YourDictionary Audio:

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