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conflagration

[ kon-fluh-grey-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒn fləˈgreɪ ʃən /
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noun

a destructive fire, usually an extensive one.

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Origin of conflagration

First recorded in 1545–55; from Latin conflagrātiōn- (stem of conflagrātiō ), equivalent to conflagrāt(us), past participle of conflagrāre “to burn up”; see con-, -ate1, -ion. Latin flagr- of conflagrāre is akin to fulgur “lightning,” flamma (see flame), Greek phlóx (see phlox)

synonym study for conflagration

See flame.

OTHER WORDS FROM conflagration

con·fla·gra·tive [kon-fluh-grey-tiv], /ˈkɒn fləˌgreɪ tɪv/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for conflagration

conflagration
/ (ˌkɒnfləˈɡreɪʃən) /

noun

a large destructive fire

Derived forms of conflagration

conflagrative, adjective

Word Origin for conflagration

C16: from Latin conflagrātiō, from conflagrāre to be burnt up, from com- (intensive) + flagrāre to burn; related to Latin fulgur lightning
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