- an aromatic gum or other substance producing a sweet odor when burned, used in religious ceremonies, to enhance a mood, etc.
- the perfume or smoke arising from such a substance when burned.
- any pleasant perfume or fragrance.
- homage or adulation.
- to perfume with incense.
- to burn incense for.
- to burn or offer incense.
Origin of incense1
- to inflame with wrath; make angry; enrage.
Origin of incense2
SynonymsSee more synonyms for incense on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for incensed
Her incensed mother contacted a lawyer, hoping to block publication; Polanski had not made her sign a release.The Roman Polanski ‘Girl’ Speaks Out: Speedreading Samantha Geimer’s Memoir
September 12, 2013
It incensed the students, to the extent that they actually shouted me down.The Pointlessness of Some Disaster Charity After the Indian Floods
June 26, 2013
Rather, I'm just incensed by those who fudge its ability beyond all recognition.Note to Drivers: All Wheel Drive Does Not Give You Superpowers, Just a Dangerous Overconfidence
March 12, 2013
Barely had incensed Dickensians time to recover from this shock than they had to suffer a worse one.Michael Slater on the Great Dickens Scandal
November 8, 2012
Conservative outlets have predictably been incensed by the video.Lena Dunham's First Time
October 29, 2012
Yet is incensed against her for preferring her own relations to him.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
The incensed conductor of the train, after boxing his ears, evicted him with all his chattels.Heroes of the Telegraph
She was incensed, wounded, on behalf of the Blessed Virgin herself.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Is incensed against him for his artful dealings with her, and for his selfish love.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
The patients were incensed, and almost all of them discarded him.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
- 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
- to burn incense in honour of (a deity)
- (tr) to perfume or fumigate with incense
- (tr) to enrage greatly
Word Origin and History for incensed
"to offer incense, perfume with incense," c.1300, from Old French encenser, from encens (see incense (n.)).
late 13c., from Old French encens "sweet-smelling substance," from Late Latin incensum (nominative incensus) "burnt incense," literally "something burnt," neuter past participle of Latin incendere "set on fire" (see incendiary).