- 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.
Origin of arson
Examples from the Web for arson
Klansmen were implicated in the arson of 30 black churches in Mississippi.When the Right to Vote Wasn’t a Right
June 23, 2014
In the late 1940s, he writes, there was “one racially motivated bombing or arson” every twenty days.How We Built the Ghettos
March 13, 2014
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
February 13, 2014
It's a good day to remember Rodney Hulin, a physically slight teenager who was serving time for arson in a Texas prison.Stop Prison Rape Now
September 4, 2013
But no one went through with the arson threats that were bandied about back then, says Cummins.Cleveland Wants to Burn Down Ariel Castro’s House. Should It Be?
May 13, 2013
Well, I may tell you that I have a warrant to arrest him on a charge of arson.The Hunted Outlaw
At Courbesseaux arson and pillage were also committed on the 5th of September.Current History, A Monthly Magazine
New York Times
You're not going ashore into this hades of riot and arson, are you?Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants
H. Irving Hancock
Grave suspicions of arson are entertained, but up to the present no arrest has been made.
Arson was arson; a man in prison more or less was a man in prison more or less!
- criminal law the act of intentionally or recklessly setting fire to another's property or to one's own property for some improper reason
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).