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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.
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.
32) For an application of Massumi's work to the dangers of bush life during the summer, see Grace Moore, '"The Heavens Were on Fire": Incendiarism and the Defence of the Settler Home," in Tamara S.
Andrews, who in 1894 was charged with advocating incendiarism and murder in defence of the rights of the working class.
In the broadcast, Wang condemned the Chongqing government for the scorched earth policy and for the incendiarism executed by fleeing GMD soldiers in Guangzhou, which "merely destroyed the lives, properties, and the livelihood of the Cantonese people themselves" and caused "haphazard sacrifices and unnecessary sufferings" of the people of Guangzhou during the brief and futile defense of the city (Boyle 1972, 188, 251).
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.