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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.
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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
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(ɪnˈsɛn di əˌrɪz əm)

1. the act or practice of an arsonist.
2. inflammatory behavior; agitation.
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the deliberate destruction of property by fire; arson. — incendiary, n., adj.
See also: Fire
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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"
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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.
Then, on their information, large numbers of others were condemned--not so much for incendiarism as for their anti-social tendencies.
Fire was used as an umbrella term for incendiarism, hunting, throwing of cigarettes, forest fire and grass fire.
Incendiarism had become the routine violent acts committed by individual.
"Incendiarism and current tensions in the region are due to the wrong behavior and interventionist policies of American statesmen in the region," Qassemi said.
Meanwhile, after newspapers spread the groundless rumor that Joseon people had committed incendiarism and murder a massive massacre of Joseon people was conducted by the Japanese.
Rural laborers attacked threshing machines, wrote threatening letters, and engaged in incendiarism on a large scale.
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.
It was the year with one of the worst fire loss experiences ever, and with a "large portion of this enormous waste due to incendiarism" caused by reckless overinsurance of property and with arsonists escaping punishment.