Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To burn up; consume with fire.
  • To burst into flame; take fire, either literally or figuratively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to start burning
  • v. start to burn or burst into flames

Etymologies

From cōnflāgrāt-, the perfect passive participial stem of the Latin cōnflāgrō ("I am consumed by fire”, “I set aflame"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Since your last remark provides nothing other than a sarcastic "thanks" that wrongly suggests I was lecturing you, I will try not to conflagrate this incendiary issue any further.

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  • You are likely to conflagrate … spontaneously … and you are headed for my place?

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  • Drengenberg, who says he plans to put up both real and artificial trees in his home this year, has a few tips for people who want a real tree, but who don't want to see it conflagrate:

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  • He has said nothing that could backfire on him, has offered no emotional outbursts that would conflagrate the story.

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  • This week's Word of the Week is actually two words - conflagrate and deflagrate.

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  • When internal conditions have completely destroyed any ability of defense hoards of hostiles will pour across the southern border and nuclear-tipped missiles will conflagrate what is left of the cities.

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  • In the aftermath of the match the entire Funking Conservatory Inter-Gender Team conflagrate in the squared circle.

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  • If your first thought on seeing one-of-a-kind lamps is "Interesting, but is it so amateurishly wired it will conflagrate, setting my home afire, destroying all my belongings, including my irreplaceable collection of back issues of the New York Times Home section?" then your fears will be assuaged by the knowledge that a creator of these particular lamps, Tom Blake, left, is a licensed New York City electrician who has worked on the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings.

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