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a. Causing or designed to cause fires: an incendiary device.
b. Of or containing chemicals that produce intensely hot fire when exploded: an incendiary bomb.
c. Intentionally started or set: an incendiary fire.
2. Tending to arouse strong emotion or conflict; inflammatory: an incendiary speech.
3. Causing a strong burning sensation in the mouth; very hot: incendiary wasabi.
n. pl. in·cen·di·ar·ies
1. An incendiary bomb, bullet, or device.
2. A person who intentionally starts a fire with the purpose of causing damage or injury.
3. One who creates or stirs up conflict; an agitator.

[Middle English, from Latin incendiārius, from incendium, fire, from incendere, to set on fire; see incense1.]

in·cen′di·a·rism (-ə-rĭz′əm) n.


1. (Law) the act or practice of illegal burning; arson
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (esp formerly) the creation of civil strife or violence for political reasons


(ɪnˈsɛn di əˌrɪz əm)

1. the act or practice of an arsonist.
2. inflammatory behavior; agitation.


the deliberate destruction of property by fire; arson. — incendiary, n., adj.
See also: Fire
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.incendiarism - malicious burning to destroy propertyincendiarism - malicious burning to destroy property; "the British term for arson is fire-raising"
burning, combustion - the act of burning something; "the burning of leaves was prohibited by a town ordinance"
References in classic literature ?
Even if there was any arson (which is very doubtful, for no one had any reason to burn the houses- in any case a troublesome and dangerous thing to do), arson cannot be regarded as the cause, for the same thing would have happened without any incendiarism.
Tulliver several stories about "Swing" and incendiarism, and asked his advice about feeding pigs in so thoroughly secular and judicious a manner, with so much polished glibness of tongue, that the miller thought, here was the very thing he wanted for Tom.
In a shocking development, a suspect, who is currently in the custody of paramilitary force, Rangers, confessed to perpetrating incendiarism that killed near 300 factory workers on the night of September 11, 2012.
Records talk of Crawford ordering "slaughter and incendiarism, the burning of six or eight towns," with casualties "of 300, and may have been 700 or 1000.
The Iranian minister went on to warn that the region would turn into "a center for incendiarism, hostility and clash" should such 'destabilizing and illegal' moves continue.