AskDefine | Define incendiary

Dictionary Definition

incendiary adj
1 involving deliberate burning of property; "an incendiary fire"
2 arousing to action or rebellion [syn: incitive, inflammatory, instigative, rabble-rousing, seditious]
3 capable of catching fire spontaneously or causing fires or burning readily; "an incendiary agent"; "incendiary bombs"


1 a criminal who illegally sets fire to property [syn: arsonist, firebug]
2 a bomb that is designed to start fires; are most effective against flammable targets (such as fuel) [syn: incendiary bomb, firebomb]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (RP): ĭnsĕn'dĭərē, /ɪnˈsɛndɪəri/, /In"sEndI@ri/
  • (US): ĭnsĕn´dĭĕ'rē, /ɪnˈsɛndɪˌɛri/, /In"sEndI%Eri/


  1. Capable of causing fire.
  2. Informality, emotionally charged.
    Politics is an incendiary topic; it tends to cause fights to break out.


Capable of causing fire
Inflammatory, emotionally charged


  1. Something capable of causing fire, particularly a weapon.
    The military used incendiaries to destroy the building, fortunately the fire didn't spread.

Extensive Definition

Incendiary, meaning "capable of causing fire", may refer to:
See also arson

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