incendiary
[ in-sen-dee-er-ee ]
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Part of Speechadjective, adjectiveOrigin + Etymology
Late Middle English; from the Latin incendiaries, from incendium "conflagration," from Incendere "set fire to"
Synonyms
adjective
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adjective
inflammatoryprovocativetreacheroussubversivedemagogicseditious
Antonyms
adjective
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adjective
loyalpeacemaking
Definition
adjectiveused or adapted for setting property on fire
adjectivetending to arouse strife, sedition, etc.; inflammatory
Examples
adjectiveA) No one could explain how a simple science fair project could turn out so incendiary, but the students nonetheless admitted fault. B) The landscaper's methods proved to be more incendiary than their clients realized.
adjectiveA) The speeches soon devolved into incendiary rhetoric, and she began to worry about what was about to happen. B) The novel burst with incendiary prose right from the opening line.
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