Word Origin See more synonyms for arson on Thesaurus.com . 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 1670–80;
Anglo-French, Old French
Late Latin ārsiōn-
) a burning, equivalent to
) to burn (cf.
) past participle suffix) +
-iōn- -ion Related forms ar·son·ous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for arsonous criminal law the act of intentionally or recklessly setting fire to another's property or to one's own property for some improper reason Derived Forms arsonist, noun Word Origin
C17: from Old French, from Medieval Latin
ārsiō, from Latin ārdēre to burn; see ardent
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Word Origin and History for arsonous arson n.
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).
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