I. noun (plural -aries) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin incendiarius, from incendium conflagration, from incendere Date: 15th century 1. a. a person who commits arson ; arsonist b. an incendiary agent (as a bomb) 2. a person who excites factions, quarrels, or sedition ; agitator II. adjective Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, or involving arson ; arsonous 2. tending to excite or inflame ; inflammatory <
incendiary speeches
3. a. igniting combustible materials spontaneously b. of, relating to, or being a weapon (as a bomb) designed to start fires 4. extremely hot <
incendiary chili peppers

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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