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Incendiary means "capable of causing fire". It may also refer to:

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

WOTD - 25 March 2009    

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English

Etymology

From Latin incendiārius from incendium (destructive fire) from incendō (set on fire)

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Pronunciation

  • (UK) enPR: ĭnsĕn'dĭərē, IPA: /ɪnˈsɛn.dɪ.əɹ.ɪ/, /ɪnˈsɛn.djəɹ.ɪ/, SAMPA: /In"sEn.dI.@r.I/, /In"sEn.dj@r.I/
  • (US) enPR: ĭnsĕn´dĭĕ'rē, IPA: /ɪnˈsɛn.di.ɛr.i/, /ɪnˈsɛn.di.ɚ.i/, SAMPA: /In"sEn.di.Er.i/, /In"sEn.di.@`.i/
  •  Audio (US)help, file,  Audio (US)help, file

Adjective

incendiary (comparative more incendiary, superlative most incendiary)

Positive
incendiary

Comparative
more incendiary

Superlative
most incendiary

  1. Capable of causing fire.
  2. Intentionally stirring up strife, riot, rebellion
  3. Inflammatory, emotionally charged.
    Politics is an incendiary topic; it tends to cause fights to break out.

Translations

Noun

Singular
incendiary

Plural
incendiaries

incendiary (plural incendiaries)

  1. Something capable of causing fire, particularly a weapon.
    The military used incendiaries to destroy the building, fortunately the fire didn't spread.

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