• WordNet 3.6
    • v conflagrate start to burn or burst into flames "Marsh gases ignited suddenly","The oily rags combusted spontaneously"
    • v conflagrate cause to start burning "The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • conflagrate To burn up; consume with fire.
    • conflagrate To burst into flame; take fire, either literally or figuratively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Conflagrate kon′fla-grāt to burn up
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. conflagrārecon, inten., and flagrāre, to burn. See Flagrant.


In literature:

Mr. Raleigh gazed after it as one watches the conflagration of a home.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 6, No. 38, December, 1860" by Various
Six to the minute bellowed and soared Porter's awful bombs and arched and howled and fell and scattered death and conflagration.
"Kincaid's Battery" by George W. Cable
Fireproof roofings and projecting party walls also retard the spreading of conflagrations.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 460, October 25, 1884" by Various
The conflagration spread like wild-fire, their housing being all of wood, and covered with flags or rushes.
"The Life and Most Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner (1801)" by Daniel Defoe
And his two eyes resembled the sun and the moon; and his face rivalled the conflagration at the universal dissolution.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
At midnight there is a heavy storm and a huge conflagration.
"The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry" by W. G. Archer
All had disappeared, no doubt, in the conflagration.
"The Wing-and-Wing" by J. Fenimore Cooper
When our troops entered Fayetteville the conflagration was at its height.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
A general conflagration was then ordered, and a general plunder to the troops was permitted.
"The Pirates Own Book" by Charles Ellms
It is a common saying that seven bonfires should be seen if the village is to be safe from conflagrations.
"Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I." by Sir James George Frazer

In poetry:

We have read your evil stories,
We have heard the tiny yell
Through the voiceless conflagration
Of your green and shining hell.
"The Lamp Post" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Not that raging conflagration
Should o’er fallen Carthage play;
Not that the unconquered Briton
Should descend the sacred way.
"Horace, Seventh Epode" by James Clerk Maxwell
And there are sorceries more excellent
Than the first conflagration of the dust,
But none are quite so single in intent
Or unsophisticated with distrust.
"The Golden Corpse" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Without a part left over,
Not a toe, not a finger, and used,
Used utterly, in the sun's conflagration, the stains
That lengthen from ancient cathedrals
What is the remedy?
"Mystic" by Sylvia Plath
When houses, lands, and ev'ry worldly store,
Shall in one common conflagration rise —
Then Charity above the flames shall soar,
And, till thou comest, wait above the skies.
"Advice To Distribute To The Poor, According To Every One's Circumstances And Abilities" by Rees Prichard
A friendship that in frequent fits
Of controversial rage emits
The sparks of disputation,
Like hand-in-hand insurance-plates,
Most unavoidably creates
The thought of conflagration.
"Friendship" by William Cowper

In news:

Solutions to Healthcare's Conflagration .
Boston firefighters battle the Bellflower Street Conflagration .
Water from a helicopter key in preventing conflagration in Woodside.
The racial conflagration now engulfing Massachusetts senate race has shifted focus from the issues to shining light on how white privilege—Scott's and Warren's— exploit Native American voters.
Obviously, human beings are any war's most appalling casualties, but there are cultural conflagrations that matter, too—vital spaces laid waste, lost forever.
A huge, powerful star explosion detonated in deep space last week — an ultra-bright conflagration that has astronomers scratching their heads over exactly how it happened.
Disney paid $4 billion for "Star Wars," and my first reaction was to drop the stupid RedEye column I was writing and finally start work on my space opera, "Planets Conflagration.
Any discussion of highlights in history shared by Missouri and Jefferson City invariably includes the 1911 conflagration that destroyed the Capitol.
Newsweek sparked a conflagration among conservative Christians last week by pointing out that Christian dating site is owned by Penthouse Media Group.
Ogden firefighters credited a sprinkler system for keeping a Thursday morning strip mall fire from becoming a major conflagration.
Sarajevo under siege in the 1992-1996 war is not merely the setting for Fesperman's novel about a murder investigator whose big case arrives during a conflagration, but a living entity.
Austin and Sarah Hardage's home is burned to its foundations — the sad aftermath of an early-morning conflagration that raged through an area of southwest Reno .
Andrew Kaplan's former CIA agent, Scorpion , is out to prevent the Cold War from erupting into a full fledged conflagration between Russia and the United States and her NATO allies in his latest work, " Scorpion Winter".
Once a year, a conflagration of techno, film, and music geeks descends on Austin (that's in Texas) for a little thing we like to call "South By" (the short form for South by South West).
While Israel appeared eager to calm the situation, its response was a potent reminder of how easily the Syrian civil war -- already spilling across borders with Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan -- could explode into a wider regional conflagration.