conflagration

[ kon-fluh-grey-shuh n ]
/ ˌkɒn fləˈgreɪ ʃən /

noun

a destructive fire, usually an extensive one.

Origin of conflagration

1545–55; < Latin conflagrātiōn- (stem of conflagrātiō), equivalent to conflagrāt(us) past participle of conflagrāre to burn up (con- con- + flagr- (akin to fulgur lightning, flamma flame, Greek phlóx; see phlox) + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

con·fla·gra·tive, adjective
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conflagration

/ (ˌkɒnfləˈɡreɪʃən) /

noun

a large destructive fire

Derived Forms

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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