- 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.
incendiary definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical 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.
- incendiarism noun
incendiary definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Causing or capable of causing fire.b. Of or containing chemicals that produce intensely hot fire when exploded: an incendiary bomb.c. Of or involving arson.
- Tending to inflame; inflammatory: an incendiary speech.
- An arsonist.
- An incendiary device.
- One who creates or stirs up factionalism or sedition; an agitator.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin incendiārius, from incendium, fire, from incendere, to set on fire; see incense1.
- in·cenˈdi·a·rism noun
incendiary - Legal Definition
- An arsonist.
- A bomb or combination of chemicals used to start a fire.