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Meaning of INCENSE

Pronunciation:  [n]'insens, [v]'insens or in'sens

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the pleasing scent produced when incense is burned; "incense filled the room"
  2. [n]  a substance that produces a fragrant odor when burned
  3. [v]  make furious
  4. [v]  perfume esp. with a censer

INCENSE is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: cense, exasperate, infuriate, outrage, thurify
 See Also: anger, aroma, chemical compound, compound, fragrance, joss stick, odorize, odourise, perfume, scent, scent, stacte



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*cense"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Incensed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Incensing}.] [L. incensus, p. p. of incendere; pref.
    in- in + root of candere to glow. See {Candle}.]
    1. To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn. [Obs.]
             Twelve Trojan princes wait on thee, and labor to
             incense Thy glorious heap of funeral. --Chapman.
    2. To inflame with anger; to endkindle; to fire; to incite;
       to provoke; to heat; to madden.
             The people are incensed him.          --Shak.
    Syn: To enrage; exasperate; provoke; anger; irritate; heat;
         fire; instigate.
  2. \In"cense\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Incensed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Incensing}.] [LL. incensare: cf. F. encenser. See
    {Incense}, n.]
    1. To offer incense to. See {Incense}. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    2. To perfume with, or as with, incense. ``Incensed with
       wanton sweets.'' --Marston.
  3. \In"cense\, n. [OE. encens, F. encens, L. incensum, fr.
    incensus, p. p. of incendere to burn. See {Incense} to
    1. The perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when
       burned in celebrating religious rites or as an offering to
       some deity.
             A thick of incense went up.           --Ezek. viii.
    2. The materials used for the purpose of producing a perfume
       when burned, as fragrant gums, spices, frankincense, etc.
             Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of
             them his censer, and put fire therein, and put
             incense thereon.                      --Lev. x. 1.
    3. Also used figuratively.
             Or heap the shrine of luxury and pride,
             With incense kindled at the Muse's flame. --Gray.
    {Incense tree}, the name of several balsamic trees of the
       genus {Bursera} (or {Icica}) mostly tropical American. The
       gum resin is used for incense. In Jamaica the
       {Chrysobalanus Icaco}, a tree related to the plums, is
       called incense tree.
    {Incense wood}, the fragrant wood of the tropical American
       tree {Bursera heptaphylla}.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are burning incense indicates spiritual learning. It represents a high level of awareness.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a fragrant composition prepared by the "art of the apothecary." It consisted of four ingredients "beaten small" (Ex. 30:34-36). That which was not thus prepared was called "strange incense" (30:9). It was offered along with every meat-offering; and besides was daily offered on the golden altar in the holy place, and on the great day of atonement was burnt by the high priest in the holy of holies (30:7, 8). It was the symbol of prayer (Ps. 141:1,2; Rev. 5:8; 8:3, 4).

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