[ kon-fluh-grey-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒn fləˈgreɪ ʃən /
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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”; con-, -ate1, -ion. Latin flagr- of conflagrāre is akin to fulgur “lightning,” flamma “flame,” Greek phlóx “flame”

synonym study for conflagration

See flame.

OTHER WORDS FROM conflagration

con·fla·gra·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for conflagration

/ (ˌkɒnfləˈɡreɪʃən) /


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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