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incendiarism

[in-sen-dee-uh-riz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the act or practice of an arsonist; malicious burning.
  2. inflammatory behavior; agitation.
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Origin of incendiarism

First recorded in 1665–75; incendiar(y) + -ism
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Historical Examples

  • 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

incendiarism

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

n.

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

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