- The definition of incense is a substance with a pleasant odor when burned, generally used for smoke or fragrance.
- An example of incense is a burning gum used in a religious ceremony.
- Incense is defined as to make someone very mad.
An example of incense is to make a person very angry by cheating them on a business deal.
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- any of various substances, as gums or resins, producing a pleasant odor when burned: used in some religious ceremonies
- the smoke or fragrance from such a substance
- any pleasant odor
- pleasing attention, praise, or admiration
Origin: Middle English encens from Old French from Late Latin incensum, incense from neuter of Classical Latin incensus, past participle of incendere, to kindle, inflame from in-, in, on plush candere, to burn, shine: see candescent
- to make fragrant with or as with incense; perfume
- to burn or offer incense to
- incensement noun
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transitive verb in·censed, in·cens·ing, in·cens·es
Origin: Middle English encensen, from Old French incenser, from Late Latin incēnsāre, to sacrifice, burn, from Latin incēnsus, past participle of incendere, to set on fire; see kand- in Indo-European roots.
- a. An aromatic substance, such as wood or a gum, that is burned to produce a pleasant odor.b. The smoke or odor produced by the burning of such a substance.
- A pleasant smell.
- Flattering or fawning attention; homage.
- To perfume with incense.
- To burn incense to, as a ritual offering.
Origin: Middle English encens, from Old French, from Latin incēnsum, from neuter past participle of incendere, to set on fire; see kand- in Indo-European roots.