from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Causing or capable of causing fire.
- adj. Of or containing chemicals that produce intensely hot fire when exploded: an incendiary bomb.
- adj. Of or involving arson.
- adj. Tending to inflame; inflammatory: an incendiary speech.
- n. An arsonist.
- n. An incendiary device.
- n. One who creates or stirs up factionalism or sedition; an agitator.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Capable of, or used for, or actually causing fire.
- adj. Intentionally stirring up strife, riot, rebellion.
- adj. Inflammatory, emotionally charged.
- n. Something capable of causing fire, particularly a weapon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any person who maliciously sets fire to a building or other valuable or other valuable property.
- n. A person who excites or inflames factions, and promotes quarrels or sedition; an agitator; an exciter.
- adj. Of or pertaining to incendiarism, or the malicious burning of valuable property
- adj. Tending to excite or inflame factions, sedition, or quarrel; inflammatory; seditious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Causing or adapted to cause combustion; used in starting a fire or conflagration; igniting; inflammatory: as, incendiary materials; an incendiary match or bomb. Specifically
- Pertaining or relating to or consisting in malicious or criminal setting on fire or burning: as, an incendiary mania; the incendiary torch; an incendiary fire.
- Tending to excite or inflame passion, sedition, or violence.
- n. A person who maliciously sets fire to a house, shop, barn, or other inflammable property; one who is guilty of arson.
- n. One who or that which excites or inflames; a person who excites antagonism and promotes factious quarrels; a violent agitator.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. capable of catching fire spontaneously or causing fires or burning readily
- adj. arousing to action or rebellion
- n. a bomb that is designed to start fires; is most effective against flammable targets (such as fuel)
- adj. involving deliberate burning of property
- n. a criminal who illegally sets fire to property
Middle English, from Latin incendiārius, from incendium, fire, from incendere, to set on fire; see incense1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin incendiārius ("setting alight"), from incendium ("destructive fire"), from incendō ("I set on fire, kindle"), from in- ("into, in, on, upon") + candeō ("I am hot"). (Wiktionary)