incense

1
[ in-sens ]
/ ˈɪn sɛns /

noun

verb (used with object), in·censed, in·cens·ing.

to perfume with incense.
to burn incense for.

verb (used without object), in·censed, in·cens·ing.

to burn or offer incense.

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Origin of incense

1
1250–1300; Middle English < Late Latin incēnsum, literally, something kindled, neuter of incēnsus (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

Definition for incense (2 of 2)

incense2
[ in-sens ]
/ ɪnˈsɛns /

verb (used with object), in·censed, in·cens·ing.

to inflame with wrath; make angry; enrage.

Origin of incense

2
1400–50; late Middle English incensen < Latin incēnsus (see incense1); replacing Middle English encensen < Anglo-French < Latin, as above

OTHER WORDS FROM incense

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

incense1
/ (ˈɪnsɛns) /

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
/ (ɪnˈsɛns) /

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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