[ in-sen-dee-er-ee ]
/ ɪnˈsɛn diˌɛr i /


used or adapted for setting property on fire: incendiary bombs.
of or relating to the criminal setting on fire of property.
tending to arouse strife, sedition, etc.; inflammatory: incendiary speeches.
tending to inflame the senses: an incendiary extravaganza of music and dance.

noun, plural in·cen·di·ar·ies.

Origin of incendiary

1600–10; < Latin incendiārius, equivalent to incendi(um) a fire (incend(ere) to kindle (in- in-2 + -cendere, transitive v. from base of candēre to shine, be hot; see candent, candid, candor) + -ium -ium) + -ārius -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for incendiary

/ (ɪnˈsɛndɪərɪ) /


of or relating to the illegal burning of property, goods, etc
tending to create strife, violence, etc; inflammatory
(of a substance) capable of catching fire, causing fires, or burning readily

noun plural -aries

Word Origin for incendiary

C17: from Latin incendiārius setting alight, from incendium fire, from incendere to kindle
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