Incense meaning

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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.

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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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To cause to be extremely angry; infuriate.
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A pleasant smell.
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To perfume with incense.
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To burn incense to (a deity, for example) as a ritual offering.
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Any of various substances, as gums or resins, producing a pleasant odor when burned: used in some religious ceremonies.
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The smoke or fragrance from such a substance.
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Any pleasant odor.
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Pleasing attention, praise, or admiration.
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To make fragrant with or as with incense; perfume.
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To burn or offer incense to.
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To burn incense.
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To make very angry; fill with wrath; enrage.
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A perfume used in the rites of various religions.
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I think it would incense him to learn the truth.

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(archaic) To incite, stimulate.
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To offer incense to.

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To perfume with, or as with, incense.
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Origin of incense

  • 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 kand- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English encens from Old French from Latin incēnsum from neuter past participle of incendere to set on fire kand- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French encens (“sweet-smelling substance”) from Late Latin incensum (“burnt incense”, literally “something burnt”), neuter past participle of incendō (“I set on fire”). Compare incendiary.
    From Wiktionary