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arson

[ ahr-suhn ]
/ ˈɑr sən /
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noun

Law. the malicious burning of another's house or property, or in some statutes, the burning of one's own house or property, as to collect insurance.

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Origin of arson

1670–80; <Anglo-French, Old French <Late Latin ārsiōn- (stem of ārsiō) a burning, equivalent to ārs- (Latin ārd(ere) to burn (cf. ardent) + -t(us) past participle suffix) + -iōn--ion
ar·son·ous, adjective
arsenous, arsonous
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British Dictionary definitions for arson

arson
/ (ˈɑːsən) /

noun

criminal law the act of intentionally or recklessly setting fire to another's property or to one's own property for some improper reason
arsonist, noun
C17: from Old French, from Medieval Latin ārsiō, from Latin ārdēre to burn; see ardent
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