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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.
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arsonist

a person who destroys property by fire, for revenge, insurance, etc.
See also: Fire
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arsonist - a criminal who illegally sets fire to propertyarsonist - a criminal who illegally sets fire to property
barnburner - someone who burns down a barn
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
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arsonist

noun pyromaniac, incendiary, firestarter A convicted arsonist set fire to a top security hospital last night.
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Translations
žhář
放火犯放火魔

arsonist

[ˈɑːsənɪst] Nincendiario/a m/f, pirómano/a m/f
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

arsonist

[ˈɑːrsənɪst] nincendiaire mf
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arsonist

nBrandstifter(in) m(f)
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arsonist

[ˈɑːsənɪst] nincendiario/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president, is an arsonist. When confronted with a nonviolent, grass-roots protest against his tyrannical rule, he opened fire on the demonstrators, hoping that would provoke Syria's Sunni majority to respond with violence against his Alawite/Shiite minority regime.
McCann was trying to capture a serial arsonist and was on his trail before he was murdered.
An arsonist was regretting going to Specsavers last week after he was jailed after being identified through the spectacles he purchased at the multiple.
AN ARSONIST has wrecked Huddersfield's oldest cricket club.