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Pronunciation:  in'sendee`eree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a bomb that is designed to start fires
  2. [n]  a criminal who illegally sets fire to property
  3. [adj]  capable of catching fire spontaneously or causing fires or burning readily; "an incendiary agent"; "incendiary bombs"
  4. [adj]  arousing to action or rebellion
  5. [adj]  involving deliberate burning of property; "an incendiary fire"

INCENDIARY is a 10 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: arsonist, combustible, firebug, incendiary bomb, incitive, inflammatory, instigative, provocative, rabble-rousing, seditious
 See Also: barnburner, bomb, criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*cen"di*a*ry\ (?; 277), n.; pl. {Incendiaries}.
    [L. incendiarius: cf. F. incendiaire. See {Incense} to
    1. Any person who maliciously sets fire to a building or
       other valuable or other valuable property.
    2. A person who excites or inflames factions, and promotes
       quarrels or sedition; an agitator; an exciter.
             Several cities . . . drove them out as incendiaries.
  2. \In*cen"di*a*ry\, a. [L. incendiarius, fr. incendium
    a fire, conflagration: cf. F. incendiaire. See {Incense} to
    1. Of or pertaining to incendiarism, or the malicious burning
       of valuable property; as, incendiary material; as
       incendiary crime.
    2. Tending to excite or inflame factions, sedition, or
       quarrel; inflammatory; seditious. --Paley.
    {Incendiary shell}, a bombshell. See {Carcass}, 4.
Thesaurus Terms
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