An incendiary speech.
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.
The military used incendiaries to destroy the building. Fortunately, the fire didn't spread.
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”).