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incendiary

[ in-sen-dee-er-ee ]
/ ɪnˈsɛn diˌɛr i /
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adjective
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.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for incendiary

incendiary
/ (ɪnˈsɛndɪərɪ) /

adjective
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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