Synonyms for incendiary

Grammar : Adj, noun
Spell : in-sen-dee-er-ee
Phonetic Transcription : ɪnˈsɛn diˌɛr i

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Définition of incendiary

Origin :
  • c.1400 as a noun, "person who sets malicious fires;" mid-15c. as an adjective, "capable of being used to set fires," from Latin incendiarius "causing a fire," from incendium "conflagration," from incendere "set on fire," figuratively, "incite, rouse, enrage," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + *candere "to set alight, cause to glow," related to candere "to shine" (see candle). Figurative sense of "enflaming passions" (adj.) is from 1610s. Military use, of bombs, shells, etc., attested from 1871. The obsolete verb incend is attested from c.1500.
  • adj causing trouble, damage
  • noun person who causes fire, trouble
Example sentences :
  • But the incendiary had taken care to do his work so well that it was already impossible.
  • Extract from : « Brave and Bold » by Horatio Alger
  • That is why, to save my life, I had to be an incendiary at times, and at others a footpad.
  • Extract from : « The Book of Khalid » by Ameen Rihani
  • Stanley, wheeling like a flash, gave chase to the incendiary.
  • Extract from : « The Mountain Divide » by Frank H. Spearman
  • Obscurantism is better than the light of incendiary torches.
  • Extract from : « Under Western Eyes » by Joseph Conrad
  • Certainly you are an incendiary: you have set fire to the peace of faithful souls.
  • Extract from : « Debts of Honor » by Maurus Jkai
  • The incendiary wagons were filled with the firebrands stamped 1912.
  • Extract from : « The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon » by Newell Dwight Hillis
  • On the night of May 24 the city became a scene of incendiary rage.
  • Extract from : « Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15) » by Charles Morris
  • The range was obtained by the aviators, and then incendiary bombs were fired.
  • Extract from : « A Journey Through France in War Time » by Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
  • Such an incendiary harangue was new to the serfs of that region.
  • Extract from : « Rabbi and Priest » by Milton Goldsmith
  • If he had alluded to him as an incendiary bomb, there would have been more sense in his simile.
  • Extract from : « Michael » by E. F. Benson

Antonyms for incendiary

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