I. noun Etymology: Middle English encens, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin incensum, from Latin, neuter of incensus, past participle of incendere to set on fire, from in- + -cendere to burn; akin to Latin candēre to glow — more at candid Date: 13th century 1. material used to produce a fragrant odor when burned 2. the perfume exhaled from some spices and gums when burned; broadly a pleasing scent 3. pleasing attention ; flattery II. transitive verb (incensed; incensing) Date: 13th century 1. to apply or offer incense to 2. to perfume with incense III. transitive verb (incensed; incensing) Etymology: Middle English encensen, probably from Latin incensus, past participle of incendere to set no fire, provoke Date: 15th century 1. archaic to cause (a passion or emotion) to become aroused 2. to arouse the extreme anger or indignation of

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  • Incense — • An aromatic substance which is obtained from certain resinous trees and largely employed for purposes of religious worship Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. incense     Incense   …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Incense — In cense, n. [OE. encens, F. encens, L. incensum, fr. incensus, p. p. of incendere to burn. See {Incense} to inflame.] [1913 Webster] 1. The perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when burned in celebrating religious rites or as an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Incense — In cense, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Incensed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Incensing}.] [LL. incensare: cf. F. encenser. See {Incense}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. To offer incense to. See {Incense}. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To perfume with, or as with,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incense — incense1 [in′sens΄] n. [ME encens < OFr < LL incensum, incense < neut. of L incensus, pp. of incendere, to kindle, inflame < in , in, on + candere, to burn, shine: see CANDESCENT] 1. any of various substances, as gums or resins,… …   English World dictionary

  • incense — Ⅰ. incense [1] ► NOUN ▪ a gum, spice, or other substance that is burned for the sweet smell it produces. ► VERB ▪ perfume with incense or a similar fragrance. ORIGIN Latin incensum something burnt, incense . Ⅱ. incense [2] …   English terms dictionary

  • Incense — In*cense , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Incensed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Incensing}.] [L. incensus, p. p. of incendere; pref. in in + root of candere to glow. See {Candle}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn. [Obs.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incense — I verb accendere, aggravate, agitate, anger, antagonize, arouse, arouse ire, arouse resentment, cause dislike, cause loathing, cause resentment, chafe, discompose, disquiet, embitter, embroil, enkindle, enrage, envenom, exacerbate, exasperate,… …   Law dictionary

  • incense — n redolence, *fragrance, perfume, bouquet Analogous words: odor, aroma, *smell incense vb enrage, infuriate, *anger, madden Analogous words: exasperate, irritate, rile, provoke, nettle, aggravate: *offend, outrage, affront, insult …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • Incense —    Incense is one of the Six Points of Ritual which it is claimed have always characterized the worship of the Christian Church. It was the practice of the Church of England up to the Reformation, and even after that was frequently used. It is… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Incense — Burning incense Incense (from Latin: incendere, to burn )[1] is composed of aromatic biotic materials, which release fragrant smoke when burned. The term incense refers to the substance itself, rather than to the odor that it produces. It is used …   Wikipedia

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