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incendiary

Definition of incendiary

Etymology

    From Latin incendiārius (“setting alight”), from incendium (“destructive fire”), from incendō (“set on fire, kindle”)

Pronunciation

  • (UK) enPR: ĭnsĕn'dĭər", IPA: /ɪnˈsɛn.dɪ.əɹ.ɪ/, /ɪnˈsɛn.djəɹ.ɪ/, SAMPA: /In"sEn.dI.@r.I/, /In"sEn.dj@r.I/
  • (US) enPR: ĭnsĕn´dĭĕ'r", IPA: /ɪnˈsɛn.di.ɛr.i/, /ɪnˈsɛn.di.ɚ.i/, SAMPA: /In"sEn.di.Er.i/, /In"sEn.di.@`.i/
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Adjective

incendiary (comparative more incendiary, superlative most incendiary)

  1. Capable of causing fire.
  2. Intentionally stirring up strife, riot, rebellion
  3. Inflammatory, emotionally charged.

    Politics is an incendiary topic; it tends to cause fights to break out.

Noun

incendiary (plural incendiaries)

  1. Something capable of causing fire, particularly a weapon.

    The military used incendiaries to destroy the building, fortunately the fire didn't spread.

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