Definitions for: Incendiary


[n] a bomb that is designed to start fires
[n] a criminal who illegally sets fire to property
[adj] capable of catching fire spontaneously or causing fires or burning readily; "an incendiary agent"; "incendiary bombs"
[adj] arousing to action or rebellion
[adj] involving deliberate burning of property; "an incendiary fire"



Webster (1913) Definition: In*cen"di*a*ry (?; 277), n.; pl. Incendiaries.
[L. incendiarius: cf. F. incendiaire. See Incense to
inflame.]
1. Any person who maliciously sets fire to a building or
other valuable or other valuable property.

2. A person who excites or inflames factions, and promotes
quarrels or sedition; an agitator; an exciter.

Several cities . . . drove them out as incendiaries.
--Bentley.


In*cen"di*a*ry, a. [L. incendiarius, fr. incendium
a fire, conflagration: cf. F. incendiaire. See Incense to
inflame.]
1. Of or pertaining to incendiarism, or the malicious burning
of valuable property; as, incendiary material; as
incendiary crime.

2. Tending to excite or inflame factions, sedition, or
quarrel; inflammatory; seditious. --Paley.

Incendiary shell, a bombshell. See Carcass, 4.

Synonyms: arsonist, combustible, firebug, incendiary bomb, incitive, inflammatory, instigative, provocative, rabble-rousing, seditious

See Also: barnburner, bomb, criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw

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