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INCENDIARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does incendiary mean? 

INCENDIARY (noun)
  The noun INCENDIARY has 2 senses:

1. a criminal who illegally sets fire to property
2. a bomb that is designed to start fires; is most effective against flammable targets (such as fuel)

  Familiarity information: INCENDIARY used as a noun is rare.


INCENDIARY (adjective)
  The adjective INCENDIARY has 3 senses:

1. involving deliberate burning of property
2. arousing to action or rebellion
3. capable of catching fire spontaneously or causing fires or burning readily

  Familiarity information: INCENDIARY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INCENDIARY (noun)


Sense 1incendiary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A criminal who illegally sets fire to property

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

incendiary; firebug; arsonist

Hypernyms ("incendiary" is a kind of...):

criminal; crook; felon; malefactor; outlaw (someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "incendiary"):

barnburner (someone who burns down a barn)


Sense 2incendiary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A bomb that is designed to start fires; is most effective against flammable targets (such as fuel)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

firebomb; incendiary bomb; incendiary

Hypernyms ("incendiary" is a kind of...):

bomb (an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions)


INCENDIARY (adjective)


Sense 1incendiary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Involving deliberate burning of property

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

an incendiary fire

Pertainym:

arson (malicious burning to destroy property)


Sense 2incendiary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Arousing to action or rebellion

Synonyms:

seditious; incitive; rabble-rousing; instigative; inflammatory; incendiary

Similar:

provocative (serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; stimulating discussion or exciting controversy)


Sense 3incendiary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capable of catching fire spontaneously or causing fires or burning readily

Context examples:

an incendiary agent / incendiary bombs

Similar:

combustible (capable of igniting and burning)


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