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.

Nearby words

  1. incaution,
  2. incautious,
  3. ince,
  4. incendiarism,
  5. incendiary,
  6. incense cedar,
  7. incense tree,
  8. incense-tree,
  9. incensory,
  10. incent

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

incense

2
[ 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

Related formsin·cense·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for incense

incense

1
/ (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 Formsincensation, noun

Word Origin for incense

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

verb

(tr) to enrage greatly
Derived Formsincensement, noun

Word Origin for incense

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

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