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Meaning of incendiary by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin incendiārius ( “setting alight” ), from incendium ( “destructive fire” ), from incendō ( “set on fire, kindle” )


    • ( UK ) enPR: ĭnsĕn'dĭərē, IPA: /ɪnˈsɛn.dɪ.əɹ.ɪ/, /ɪnˈsɛn.djəɹ.ɪ/, SAMPA: /In"sEn.dI.@r.I/, /In"sEn.dj@r.I/
    • ( US ) enPR: ĭnsĕn´dĭĕ'rē, IPA: /ɪnˈsɛn.di.ɛr.i/, /ɪnˈsɛn.di.ɚ.i/, SAMPA: /In"sEn.di.Er.i/, /In"sEn.di.@`.i/
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    incendiary ( comparative more incendiary, superlative most incendiary )

    1. Capable of causing fire .
    2. Intentionally stirring up strife, riot, rebellion
    3. Inflammatory, emotionally charged .
      Politics is an incendiary topic; it tends to cause fights to break out .


    incendiary ( plural: incendiaries )

    1. Something capable of causing fire, particularly a weapon .
      The military used incendiaries to destroy the building, fortunately the fire didn't spread .

Explanation of incendiary by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. capable of catching fire spontaneously or causing fires or burning readily

    2. an incendiary agent
      incendiary bombs
    3. arousing to action or rebellion

    4. involving deliberate burning of property

    5. an incendiary fire
    1. a bomb that is designed to start fires

    2. a criminal who illegally sets fire to property