- 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.
- a person who deliberately sets fire to buildings or other property, as an arsonist.
- Military. a shell, bomb, or grenade containing napalm, thermite, or some other substance that burns with an intense heat.
- a person who stirs up strife, sedition, etc.; an agitator.
Origin of incendiary
Examples from the Web for incendiary
The Wolf of Wall Street is a dangerous, incendiary work of art.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
And social media in general has been blamed for making an incendiary situation in the Middle East even more tense.Grindr and Tinder Help the Holy Land Make Love, Not War
July 23, 2014
Does Israel offer up any facts to fortify his incendiary charge?Cynical Race-Baiting Will Fail to Save the Democrats
April 14, 2014
Now 84, Rice joined the order when she was a teenager and has been an incendiary member of the social justice movement ever since.The Nuclear Nun Goes to Jail
February 18, 2014
He was an incendiary, anti-Semitic ideologue whose silencing poses no threat to real freedom of speech.The French Were Right to Ban Dieudonné’s Offensive ‘Performance Art’
January 15, 2014
But the incendiary had taken care to do his work so well that it was already impossible.Brave and Bold
That is why, to save my life, I had to be an incendiary at times, and at others a footpad.The Book of Khalid
Stanley, wheeling like a flash, gave chase to the incendiary.The Mountain Divide
Frank H. Spearman
Obscurantism is better than the light of incendiary torches.Under Western Eyes
Certainly you are an incendiary: you have set fire to the peace of faithful souls.Debts of Honor
- 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
- a person who illegally sets fire to property, goods, etc; arsonist
- (esp formerly) a person who stirs up civil strife, violence, etc, for political reasons; agitator
- Also called: incendiary bomb a bomb that is designed to start fires
- an incendiary substance, such as phosphorus
Word Origin and History for incendiary
c.1400 as a noun, "person who sets malicious fires;" mid-15c. as an adjective, "capable of being used to set fires," from Latin incendiarius "causing a fire," from incendium "conflagration," from incendere "set on fire," figuratively, "incite, rouse, enrage," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + *candere "to set alight, cause to glow," related to candere "to shine" (see candle). Figurative sense of "enflaming passions" (adj.) is from 1610s. Military use, of bombs, shells, etc., attested from 1871. The obsolete verb incend is attested from c.1500.