• WordNet 3.6
    • n arson malicious burning to destroy property "the British term for arson is fire-raising"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Arson är"s'n (Law) The malicious burning of a dwelling house or outhouse of another man, which by the common law is felony; the malicious and voluntary firing of a building or ship.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n arson In law, the malicious burning of a dwelling-house or outhouse of another. By the common law it is a felony, and if any person be in the building at the moment of firing it is a capital offense. By statutes the definition has been extended so as to include the burning of other property besides that above specified, or of one's own property. In Scotland called wilful fire-raising.
    • n arson A saddlebow; sometimes, a saddle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Arson ärs′on the crime of wilfully burning houses or other buildings
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  • Frank Moore Colby
    “Men will confess to treason, murder, arson, false teeth, or a wig. How many of them will own up to a lack of humor?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. arson, arsun, fr. L. ardere, arsum, to burn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. arson—L. arsion-em, ardēre, arsum, to burn.


In literature:

This practice was wasteful; besides exposing them to the charge of arson, when they were only following the customs of the chase.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
That murder is worse than arson does not make a hero of the rascal who fires our homes.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
But who would have confidence in the wife of an infamous man guilty of arson?
"Friars and Filipinos" by Jose Rizal
It stands ahead of murder and arson in this country.
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
In the list of crime will be placed murders, assaults, suicides, suspicious deaths, robberies, embezzlements, arson, etc.
"News Writing" by M. Lyle Spencer
There are those among the poor and the weak who preach arson, dynamite, and sabotage.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
They counted on North Yakima and Wenatchee to show violence and arson, and they failed most miserably.
"The Everett massacre" by Walker C. Smith
Arson became epidemic in the Northern Neck.
"A History of the Town of Fairfax" by Jeanne Johnson Rust
Would it not invite to pillage and arson and murder?
"The Burning of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania" by B. S. (Benjamin Shroder) Schneck
Certain crimes, such as murder, rape, arson and burglary, became unamendable or bootless, i.e.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various

In poetry:

"Here's Love of Brand-New Clothes,
Embezzling - Arson - Deism -
A taste for Slang and Oaths,
And Fraudulent Trusteeism.
"Phrenology" by William Schwenck Gilbert
All for arson insecurely,
All for slander little purely,
Vext with petty strife,—
Let no silly mortal surely Covet country life.
"Country Life" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
The pompous old beadle may grumble and glare,
And growl about robbers and arson;
But the boy who has faith in the sermon stands there,
And smiles at the white-headed Parson!
"Little Pat And The Parson" by Menella Bute Smedley
Well may'st thou pause, and gloom, and stare,
A visible conscience: I arraign
Thee, criminal Cloud, of rare
Contempts on Mercy, Right, and Prayer, --
Of murders, arsons, thefts, -- of nameless stain.
"Individuality." by Sidney Lanier

In news:

He was arrested and charged with simple arson for setting the fires.
Arson spreads to nearby homes, displaces 9 people.
Suspected Arson Near Bishop Diego High School.
Tips are coming in to fire officials investigating Monday's arson fire near Bishop Diego High School.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. El Paso County Sheriff Investigators have a car in evidence and are looking for clues as to whether or not a fire near the Broadmoor was an accident or arson .
25 years in arson that killed 2 children.
A Sunday fire that burned the sanctuary of Fincastle Church of God in LaFollette to the ground has been ruled an arson .
Pastor Mike Smith and Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins confirmed today that investigators have determined the fire to have been arson .
COLUMBUS — A bill mandating creation of a state registry of arson offenders soon will be on the way to the governor's desk, but the compilation of otherwise public records will not itself be public.
Arrest in Mocanaqua arson fire.
A suspect has been arrested in a Lakewood arson case.
Starr County arson suspect caught in Houston.
Robert Carlton Lohman, 41, has been booked on multiple counts of arson and reckless endangerment, said Lt Bill Maron, an investigator with West Metro Fire and Rescue.
Intentionally set fires don't make headlines very often, but last year in Florida, Arson claimed $35 million worth of property and killed or injured 99 people.
A former Kentucky State University student who allegedly set fire to the door of another KSU student's dorm room has been indicted on an arson charge.

In science:

In the conjunctive scenario, no explanation is necessary, since the agent knows that both arsonists must have lit a match if arson is the only possible cause of the fire (assuming that the agent considers the two arsonists to be the only possible arsonists).
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
Then Y points could be the fire houses, while X points will be the locations of arson cases.
A New Family of Random Graphs for Testing Spatial Segregation