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incense

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[ in-sens ]
/ 藞瑟n s蓻ns /
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noun
verb (used with object), in路censed, in路cens路ing.
to perfume with incense.
to burn incense for.
verb (used without object), in路censed, in路cens路ing.
to burn or offer incense.
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Origin of incense

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1250鈥1300; Middle English <Late Latin inc膿nsum, literally, something kindled, neuter of inc膿nsus (past participle of incendere to set on fire), equivalent to incend- (see incendiary) + -tus past participle suffix; replacing Middle English ansens, ensenz<Old French <Late Latin as above

Other definitions for incense (2 of 2)

incense2
[ in-sens ]
/ 瑟n藞s蓻ns /

verb (used with object), in路censed, in路cens路ing.
to inflame with wrath; make angry; enrage.

Origin of incense

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First recorded in 1400鈥50; late Middle English incensen, from Middle French encenser, from Latin inc膿nsus (see incense1)

synonym study for incense

See enrage.

OTHER WORDS FROM incense

in路cense路ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for incense (1 of 2)

incense1
/ (藞瑟ns蓻ns) /

noun
any of various aromatic substances burnt for their fragrant odour, esp in religious ceremonies
the odour or smoke so produced
any pleasant fragrant odour; aroma
rare homage or adulation
verb
to burn incense in honour of (a deity)
(tr) to perfume or fumigate with incense

Derived forms of incense

incensation, noun

Word Origin for incense

C13: from Old French encens, from Church Latin incensum, from Latin incendere to kindle

British Dictionary definitions for incense (2 of 2)

incense2
/ (瑟n藞s蓻ns) /

verb
(tr) to enrage greatly

Derived forms of incense

incensement, noun

Word Origin for incense

C15: from Latin incensus set on fire, from incendere to kindle
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