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[in-sen-dee-uh-riz-uh m] /ɪnˈsɛn di əˌrɪz əm/
the act or practice of an arsonist; malicious burning.
inflammatory behavior; agitation.
Origin of incendiarism
First recorded in 1665-75; incendiar(y) + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The loss was great, incendiarism was suspected, and my grandfather was accused.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • Wales continues in a distracted state, and acts of incendiarism are common.

    The Economist Various
  • The enemy, surprised at this, attributed the incendiarism to traitors, and promised satisfaction.

  • An edict was posted up fixing the penalties for incendiarism.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • Your lordship will notice the vileness of the incendiarism contained in it.

    The Tables Turned William Morris
  • It will be noticed that they both alluded to the incendiarism as 'this.'

    Sarah's School Friend May Baldwin
  • It all happened just after a celebrated case of incendiarism; the preliminary investigation lasted two days; we were exhausted.

  • Danger from incendiarism was now removed, but a new peril appeared.

    Our Sailors W.H.G. Kingston
  • At the inquest, the evidence suggested suspicion of incendiarism and suicide.

    Heart and Science Wilkie Collins
  • Resolved, That he and his rioters be held responsible for all incendiarism which may happen.

British Dictionary definitions for incendiarism


the act or practice of illegal burning; arson
(esp formerly) the creation of civil strife or violence for political reasons
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for incendiarism

1670s, figurative; 1837, literal; see incendiary + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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