incendiary[in sen′dē er′ē; also, -dē ər ē]
- The definition of incendiary is something that is likely to cause controversy, or something that is prone to starting fires.
- 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 incense1.
(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.