[in-sen-dee-uh-riz-uh m]


the act or practice of an arsonist; malicious burning.
inflammatory behavior; agitation.

Origin of incendiarism

First recorded in 1665–75; incendiar(y) + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for incendiarism

torching, pyromania, firing

Examples from the Web for incendiarism

Historical Examples of incendiarism

  • He never soiled his pen in the putrescence of falsehood and incendiarism.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • An edict was posted up fixing the penalties for incendiarism.

  • It will be noticed that they both alluded to the incendiarism as 'this.'

  • Wales continues in a distracted state, and acts of incendiarism are common.

  • The loss was great, incendiarism was suspected, and my grandfather was accused.

British Dictionary definitions for incendiarism



the act or practice of illegal burning; arson
(esp formerly) the creation of civil strife or violence for political reasons
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Word Origin and History for incendiarism

1670s, figurative; 1837, literal; see incendiary + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper