incendiary

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj incendiary capable of catching fire spontaneously or causing fires or burning readily "an incendiary agent","incendiary bombs"
    • adj incendiary arousing to action or rebellion
    • adj incendiary involving deliberate burning of property "an incendiary fire"
    • n incendiary a bomb that is designed to start fires; is most effective against flammable targets (such as fuel)
    • n incendiary a criminal who illegally sets fire to property
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Strawberry Pop Tarts may be a cheap and inexpensive source of incendiary devices. Toasters which fail to eject Pop Tarts cause the Pop Tarts to emit flames 10-18 inches in height.
    • Incendiary A person who excites or inflames factions, and promotes quarrels or sedition; an agitator; an exciter. "Several cities . . . drove them out as incendiaries ."
    • Incendiary Any person who maliciously sets fire to a building or other valuable or other valuable property.
    • Incendiary Of or pertaining to incendiarism, or the malicious burning of valuable property; as, incendiary material; as incendiary crime.
    • Incendiary Tending to excite or inflame factions, sedition, or quarrel; inflammatory; seditious.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • incendiary Causing or adapted to cause combustion; used in starting a fire or conflagration; igniting; inflammatory: as, incendiary materials; an incendiary match or bomb. Specifically
    • incendiary Pertaining or relating to or consisting in malicious or criminal setting on fire or burning: as, an incendiary mania; the incendiary torch; an incendiary fire.
    • incendiary Tending to excite or inflame passion, sedition, or violence.
    • n incendiary A person who maliciously sets fire to a house, shop, barn, or other inflammable property; one who is guilty of arson.
    • n incendiary One who or that which excites or inflames; a person who excites antagonism and promotes factious quarrels; a violent agitator.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Incendiary in-sen′di-ar-i one that sets fire to a building, &c., maliciously: one who promotes quarrels
    • adj Incendiary wilfully setting fire to: relating to incendiarism: tending to excite quarrels
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. incendiarius, fr. incendium, a fire, conflagration: cf. F. incendiaire,. See Incense to inflame

Usage

In literature:

You're getting awfully incendiary, Billy.
"The Quality of Mercy" by W. D. Howells
The triumph of the colored servant Dinah over the Comanche incendiary may be described as overwhelming in its way.
"The Great Cattle Trail" by Edward S. Ellis
Search was made for the incendiary, and the merchant accused my grandfather.
"Friars and Filipinos" by Jose Rizal
The real significance of the affair lay in the fact that the fire had been of incendiary origin.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
To believe these champions of orthodoxy, the Huguenots were born with a special passion for incendiary exploits.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
There was much talk in their neighborhood at this time of the efforts of "anarchists" to destroy rich people's property by incendiary fires.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick
Plot to destroy Allied munition ships by incendiary bombs (Scheele, von Kleist, Wolpart, Bode).
"My Three Years in America" by Johann Heinrich Andreas Hermann Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff
There could no longer be any doubt: there was an incendiary.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
Then Squire Walker called his hired man, upon whose evidence he depended for the conviction of the little incendiary.
"Try Again" by Oliver Optic
An incendiary's playing over there, 'twould appear.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
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In poetry:

When flowery hints foresay the berry,
On spray of haw and tuft of brier,
Then, wandering incendiary,
You set the maple swamps afire!
"Spring's Torch-Bearer" by Maurice Thompson
'Put out the light!' and so say I.
Could 'I quench thee, thou flaming minister,'
No longer, in the northern sky,
Should blaze thy beacon-fire so sinister.
North Star, thy light's unwelcome—very—
We'll vote thee 'an incendiary.'
"Slaveholder's Address To The North Star" by John Pierpont

In news:

It was for a bazooka that fired controversial incendiary rockets.
Incendiary in Academia May Now Find Himself Burned.
David Mamet's incendiary Race in Raleigh.
(MoneyWatch) Last Friday, former General Electric (GE) CEO Jack Welch wrote a pretty incendiary tweet expressing his disbelief in the unemployment figure that had just been released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The low-level staffer had helped spread the word about a video that interspersed the words of the Democrat with incendiary comments from his pastor.
James Bradley's incendiary new book about Theodore Roosevelt is not really packed with secrets.
President Obama is appealing to a Florida pastor to listen to the "better angels" of his nature, and call off his incendiary plan to burn Korans on 9/11.
The statements of clergymen like Jeremiah Wright aren't controversial and incendiary.
Mitt Romney's disastrous response to the incendiary "Innocence of Muslims" video should come as no surprise in light of his Islamophobic connections.
Now, the incendiary best seller will be released in paperback to go on sale July 24, 2012.
The bridge was reopened around 1 am Tuesday after security sweeps failed to turn up any incendiary devices.
Is anyone else tired of being subjected to these off-the-wall, incendiary invectives.
A 26-year-old Sun Valley man was arrested in the Oxnard area Thursday after allegedly throwing an incendiary device through a window of his parents' Castaic home .
The 42 minute recording, acquired by James Carter IV, confirms Atwater's incendiary remarks and places them in context.
At this time Lucio is calling the fire incendiary.
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In science:

Since statistical analyses often relate to politically sensitive topics such as global warming or the efficacy of new drugs, this critique is obviously quite incendiary.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
In the 1950s and 60s, spurred on by incentives from defense budgets, considerable effort was expended exploring the effects of mass bombing (such as occurred in Dresden or Hamburg, Germany, during World War Two) and the collateral incendiary effects of nuclear weapons (Lawson, 1954; Rogers and Miller, 1963).
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
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