noun, plural in·cen·di·ar·ies.
- incense cedar,
- incense tree,
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|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Gideon Resnick|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Does Israel offer up any facts to fortify his incendiary charge?Cynical Race-Baiting Will Fail to Save the Democrats|Ron Christie|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now 84, Rice joined the order when she was a teenager and has been an incendiary member of the social justice movement ever since.
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’|Bernard-Henri Lévy|January 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the head of the incendiary movement was the Maharani, the wife of the late and mother of the present infant king.The Story of the Guides|G. J. Younghusband
For instance, incendiary bombs have been thrown with success in certain instances.Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War|Frederick A. Talbot
Elections were preceded by political meetings, often incendiary in character, which all ones servants must attend.Dixie After the War|Myrta Lockett Avary
A great cry was raised against them as dangerous and incendiary fanatics.Martin Van Buren|Edward M. Shepard
But how do you suppose the fire could have originated, if it was not an incendiary one?Roland Graeme: Knight|Agnes Maule Machar
noun plural -aries
Word Origin 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.