Origin of arsonOld French from Late Latin arsio, fire from Classical Latin arsus, past participle of ardere, to burn: see ash
The definition of arson is the act of purposely setting fire to a building or area.
An example of arson would be when a person sets their home on fire to collect the insurance.
the crime of purposely setting fire to another's building or property, or to one's own, as to collect insurance
- The crime of intentionally and illegally setting fire to a building or other structure.
- An instance of this crime: a rash of arsons.
Origin of arsonAnglo-Norman from Late Latin ārsiō ārsiōn- from Latin ārsus past participle of ārdēre to burn ; see as- in Indo-European roots.
arson - Legal Definition
- In common law, the willful and malicious burning of someone else’s dwelling house. In some states, the term includes, under specific circumstances, the burning of a dwelling house by its owner.
- Under modern statutes, the intentional causing of a dangerous fire or explosion for the purpose of destroying one’s own or another’s property.
- Ruptures in natural gas mains caused many, and many were also the result of arson.
- If a park has been long abandoned, its rides, buildings, and other structures may fall victim to vandalism and arson, effectively demolishing the defunct rides.
- Thus, a man guilty of arson was burned alive.
- " The Four Pleas of the Crown," murder, arson, rape and robbery, were relegated to the king's court, under Alexander II.
- He seized and beheaded Lord Saye, the treasurer, and several other unpopular persons, and thight have continued his dictatorship for some time if the Kentish mob that follawed him bad not fallen to general pillage and arson.