arson


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

arson

malicious burning of property
Not to be confused with:
arsine – a colorless, flammable gas used in chemical warfare
Abused, Confused, & Misused Words by Mary Embree Copyright © 2007, 2013 by Mary Embree

ar·son

 (är′sən)
n.
1. The crime of intentionally and illegally setting fire to a building or other structure.
2. An instance of this crime: a rash of arsons.

[Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin ārsiō, ārsiōn-, from Latin ārsus, past participle of ārdēre, to burn; see as- in Indo-European roots.]

ar′son·ist n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

arson

(ˈɑːsən)
n
(Law) criminal law the act of intentionally or recklessly setting fire to another's property or to one's own property for some improper reason
[C17: from Old French, from Medieval Latin ārsiō, from Latin ārdēre to burn; see ardent]
ˈarsonist n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

ar•son

(ˈɑr sən)

n.
the malicious burning of another's property or, sometimes, one's own property, as in an attempt to collect insurance.
[1670–80; < Anglo-French, Old French < Medieval Latin ārsiō= Latin ārd(ere) to burn (compare ardent) + -tiō -tion]
ar′son•ist, n.
ar′son•ous, adj.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arson - malicious burning to destroy propertyarson - 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"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

arson

noun pyromania, incendiarism a terrible wave of rioting, theft and arson
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
Translations
žhářství
brandstiftelse
süütamine
tuhopoltto
הַצָּתָה
palež
gyújtogatás
íkveikja
放火
방화방화죄
padegimas
ļaunprātīga dedzināšana
podpaľačstvo
mordbrand
การลอบวางเพลิง
kasten yangın çıkarmakundakçılıkkundaklama
tội cố ý gây hỏa hoạn

arson

[ˈɑːsn] Nincendio m premeditado
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

arson

[ˈɑːrsən] nincendie m criminel
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

arson

Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

arson

[ˈɑːsn] nincendio doloso
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

arson

(ˈaːsn) noun
the crime of setting fire to (a building etc) on purpose.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

arson

جَرِيـمَةُ الـحَرْق عَمْداً žhářství brandstiftelse Brandstiftung εμπρησμός incendio provocado tuhopoltto incendie volontaire palež incendio doloso 放火 방화죄 brandstichting brannstiftelse podpalenie fogo posto, incêndio proposital поджог mordbrand การลอบวางเพลิง kundaklama tội cố ý gây hỏa hoạn 纵火
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009
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.
"Breaking into the principal" was, in the minds of most thrifty New England women, a sin only second to arson, theft, or murder; and, though the rule was occasionally carried too far for common sense,--as in this case, where two elderly women of sixty might reasonably have drawn something from their little hoard in time of special need,--it doubtless wrought more of good than evil in the community.
Then, turning to his desk, he said, striking the letter with the back of his right hand, "Come, I had a forgery, three robberies, and two cases of arson, I only wanted a murder, and here it is.
Riot, arson, and wanton destruction of property was their function, and well they performed it.
A man who committed robbery, arson and murder to his own violin accompaniment-- only wretched!
Not to speak of the fact that crime has been greatly on the increase among the lower classes during the last five years, not to speak of the cases of robbery and arson everywhere, what strikes me as the strangest thing is that in the higher classes, too, crime is increasing proportionately.
It is all very well to talk, but when you are stationed in a sleepy village where no one ever murders, or robs, or commits arson, or even gets drunk and disorderly in the street, a puppy without a collar is simply a godsend.
Murder, manslaughter, arson, forgery, swindling, house- breaking, highway robbery, larceny, conspiracy, fraud?
Suspicion of Murder and Arson. A Clue to the Criminal..
CONCERNS have been raised about the huge rise in arson incidents in Kirklees over the past year.
Police dealt with more than 100 incidents of criminal damage or arson in March across Nuneaton and Bedworth.
James Anthony Bennett was arrested this month on four counts of arson and two counts of armed burglary after a joint investigation by arson detectives from the Florida Department of Financial Services, the Lake County Sheriff's Office, and the Umatilla Police Department.