To become suddenly angry or agitated.
The defendant combusted when he heard the verdict.
To cause to burn; ignite.
To cause to become angry or violent.
Riots that are combusting whole provinces.
To undergo or cause to undergo combustion; burn.
Origin of combust
- Back-formation from combustion
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French combust, from Latin combūstus.