Incendiary meaning

ĭn-sĕn'dē-ĕr'ē
Tending to arouse strong emotion or conflict; inflammatory.

An incendiary speech.

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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.

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Causing a strong burning sensation in the mouth; very hot.

Incendiary wasabi.

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An incendiary bomb, bullet, or device.
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A person who intentionally starts a fire with the purpose of causing damage or injury.
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One who creates or stirs up conflict; an agitator.
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Having to do with the willful destruction of property by fire.
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Causing or designed to cause fires, as certain substances, bombs, etc.
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Willfully stirring up strife, riot, rebellion, etc.
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A person who willfully destroys property by fire.
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A person who willfully stirs up strife, riot, rebellion, etc.
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An incendiary bomb, substance, etc.
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An arsonist.
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A bomb or combination of chemicals used to start a fire.
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Intentionally stirring up strife, riot, rebellion.
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Inflammatory, emotionally charged.

Politics is an incendiary topic; it tends to cause fights to break out.

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Something capable of causing fire, particularly a weapon.

The military used incendiaries to destroy the building. Fortunately, the fire didn't spread.

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One who maliciously sets fires; an arsonist.
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(figuratively) One who excites or inflames factions into quarrels; an agitator.
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Capable of, or used for, or actually causing fire.
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Origin of incendiary

  • Middle English from Latin incendiārius from incendium fire from incendere to set on fire incense1
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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”).
    From Wiktionary