Origin of arson
Examples from the Web for arson
In the late 1940s, he writes, there was “one racially motivated bombing or arson” every twenty days.
Zeffirelli's film was awful and creepy and over the top in all the right ways: arson, chases, death, prison, Tom Cruise.What the New ‘Endless Love’s Fireplace Sex Scene Is Missing|Sujay Kumar|February 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It's a good day to remember Rodney Hulin, a physically slight teenager who was serving time for arson in a Texas prison.
But no one went through with the arson threats that were bandied about back then, says Cummins.
Cummins has already heard of at least three threats of arson directed at the property.
He was tried on an indictment charging him with the offense of arson.
This appointment of this committee was with a view of trying to stop the arson and riot by peaceable measures?
The Tories in both the Carolinas rose with their masters, and followed their lead in plundering and arson.Peggy Owen Patriot|Lucy Foster Madison
Later, when the striking workmen began to grow hungry, riot, arson and bloodshed were nightly occurrences.The Quickening|Francis Lynde
That means train-wrecking, misplaced switches, arson—anything you like.The Taming of Red Butte Western|Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for arson
Word Origin for arson
Word Origin and History for arson
1670s, from Anglo-French arsoun (late 13c.), Old French arsion, from Late Latin arsionem (nominative arsio) "a burning," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin ardere "to burn," from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" (see ash (n.1)). The Old English term was bærnet, literally "burning;" and Coke has indictment of burning (1640).