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Definitions for incendiary
ɪnˈsɛn diˌɛr iin·cen·di·a·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. arsonist, incendiary, firebugnoun

    a criminal who illegally sets fire to property

  2. incendiary bomb, incendiary, firebombadjective

    a bomb that is designed to start fires; is most effective against flammable targets (such as fuel)

  3. incendiaryadjective

    involving deliberate burning of property

    "an incendiary fire"

  4. incendiary, incitive, inflammatory, instigative, rabble-rousing, seditiousadjective

    arousing to action or rebellion

  5. incendiaryadjective

    capable of catching fire spontaneously or causing fires or burning readily

    "an incendiary agent"; "incendiary bombs"


  1. incendiarynoun

    Something capable of causing fire, particularly a weapon.

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

  2. incendiaryadjective

    Capable of causing fire.

  3. incendiaryadjective

    Intentionally stirring up strife, riot, rebellion

  4. incendiaryadjective

    Inflammatory, emotionally charged.

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

  5. Etymology: From incendiarius, from incendium, from incendo

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Incendiarynoun

    Etymology: incendiarius, from incendo, Latin; incendiaire, French.

    Nor could any order be obtained impartially to examine impudent incendiaries. Charles I .

    Incendiaries of figure and distinction, who are the inventers and publishers of gross falshoods, cannot be regarded but with the utmost detestation. Addison.

    Several cities of Greece drove them out as incendiaries, and pests of commonweals. Richard Bentley, Sermons.


  1. incendiary

    Incendiary generally refers to something designed to cause a fire or is used with the intention to create conflict or agitation. This term can be used both literally and metaphorically. Literally, it refers to a device such as a bomb or weapon used to cause widespread fire. Metaphorically, it refers to comments, actions, or information that stir up conflict or intense disagreement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incendiarynoun

    any person who maliciously sets fire to a building or other valuable or other valuable property

  2. Incendiarynoun

    a person who excites or inflames factions, and promotes quarrels or sedition; an agitator; an exciter

  3. Incendiaryadjective

    of or pertaining to incendiarism, or the malicious burning of valuable property; as, incendiary material; as incendiary crime

  4. Incendiaryadjective

    tending to excite or inflame factions, sedition, or quarrel; inflammatory; seditious

  5. Etymology: [L. incendiarius: cf. F. incendiaire. See Incense to inflame.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Incendiary

    in-sen′di-ar-i, n. one that sets fire to a building, &c., maliciously: one who promotes quarrels:—pl. Incen′diaries.—adj. wilfully setting fire to: relating to incendiarism: tending to excite quarrels.—n. Incen′diarism.—adj. Incend′ious (obs.), promoting faction. [L. incendiariusincendiumincendĕre, incensum, to kindle.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incendiary in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incendiary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of incendiary in a Sentence

  1. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker:

    The fact is that This President has created an incendiary moment here.

  2. Art Acevedo:

    The statement is quite, quite dangerous. It's incendiary.

  3. Charles Krauthammer:

    It wasn’t only a lie but a particular lie on the part of Hillary, given her history, she ought to be a little bit careful about talking about incendiary American videos that are radicalizing jihadists.

  4. Hillary Clinton:

    I really deplore the tone of his campaign, the inflammatory rhetoric that he is using to divide people, and his going after groups of people with hateful, incendiary rhetoric, it's not the first time he's demonstrated a penchant for sexism.

  5. Mandela Barnes:

    President Donald Trump look at the incendiary remarks that This President has made, they centered an entire convention around creating more animosity and creating more division around what is going on in Kenosha.

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