- 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.
arson definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Old French ; from Late Latin arsio, fire ; from Classical Latin arsus, past participle of ardere, to burn: see ash
- arsonist noun
arson definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin ārsiō, ārsiōn-, from Latin ārsus, past participle of ārdēre, to burn; see as- in Indo-European roots.
- arˈson·ist noun
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.