- An example of something described as incendiary is a controversial political topic like the death penalty.
- An example of something described as incendiary is a highly explosive and flammable material.
- having to do with the willful destruction of property by fire
- causing or designed to cause fires, as certain substances, bombs, etc.
- willfully stirring up strife, riot, rebellion, etc.
Origin of incendiaryClassical Latin incendiarius, setting on fire, an incendiary from incendium, a fire from incendere: see incense
- a person who willfully destroys property by fire
- a person who willfully stirs up strife, riot, rebellion, etc.
- an incendiary bomb, substance, etc.
- a. Causing or designed to cause fires: an incendiary device.b. Of or containing chemicals that produce intensely hot fire when exploded: an incendiary bomb.c. Intentionally started or set: an incendiary fire.
- Tending to arouse strong emotion or conflict; inflammatory: an incendiary speech.
- Causing a strong burning sensation in the mouth; very hot: incendiary wasabi.
- An incendiary bomb, bullet, or device.
- A person who intentionally starts a fire with the purpose of causing damage or injury.
- One who creates or stirs up conflict; an agitator.
Origin of incendiaryMiddle English from Latin incendiārius from incendium fire from incendere to set on fire ; see incense 1.
(comparative more incendiary, superlative most incendiary)
From Old French incendiaire, from Latin incendiārius (“setting alight”), from incendium (“destructive fire”), from incendō (“I set on fire, kindle”), from in- (“into, in, on, upon”) + candeō (“I am hot”).
incendiary - Legal Definition
- An arsonist.
- A bomb or combination of chemicals used to start a fire.