incense

  • 1Incense — • 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

  • 2Incense — 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

  • 3Incense — 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,… …

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  • 4incense — 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

  • 5incense — 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] …

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  • 6Incense — 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… …

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  • 7incense — 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,… …

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  • 8incense — 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

  • 9incense — [n] strongly fragrant smoke aroma, balm, bouquet, burnt offering, essence, flame, frankincense, fuel, myrrh, odor, perfume, punk, redolence, scent, spice; concepts 599,600 incense [v] make very angry anger, ask for it*, bother, disgust, egg on*,… …

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  • 10Incense —    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

  • 11Incense — 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 …

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  • 12incense — incense1 /in sens/, n., v., incensed, incensing. n. 1. an aromatic gum or other substance producing a sweet odor when burned, used in religious ceremonies, to enhance a mood, etc. 2. the perfume or smoke arising from such a substance when burned …

    Universalium

  • 13incense — {{11}}incense (n.) late 13c., from O.Fr. encens sweet smelling substance, from L.L. incensum (nom. incensus) burnt incense, lit. something burnt, neut. pp. of L. incendere set on fire (see INCENDIARY (Cf. incendiary)). {{12}}incense (v.1) …

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  • 14incense — noun VERB + INCENSE ▪ burn ▪ light ▪ He lit some incense and a candle. INCENSE + VERB ▪ burn ▪ Incense burned in a co …

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  • 15incense — I in•cense [[t]ˈɪn sɛns[/t]] n. v. censed, cens•ing 1) an aromatic gum or other substance producing a sweet odor when burned 2) the perfume or smoke arising from incense 3) any pleasant fragrance 4) homage; adulation 5) to perfume with incense 6) …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16incense — I. /ˈɪnsɛns / (say insens) noun 1. an aromatic gum or other substance producing a sweet smell when burnt, used especially in religious ceremonies. 2. the perfume or smoke arising from such a substance when burnt. 3. any pleasant perfume or… …

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  • 17incense — in|cense1 [ˈınsens] n [U] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: encens, from Latin incensus, past participle of incendere to cause to start burning ] a substance which has a pleasant smell when you burn it ▪ a church filled with the smell of… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18incense — I UK [ˈɪnsens] / US [ˈɪnˌsens] noun [uncountable] a substance that creates a strong but pleasant smell when burned. Incense is often used in religious ceremonies. II UK [ɪnˈsens] / US verb [transitive] Word forms incense : present tense… …

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  • 19incense —    This word (from the Latin incendere, meaning to burn ) refers to various natural substances that produce a fragrant odor when burned. Incense was used as part of divine worship in the Old Testament (see Ex 30; Lk 1:10); incense was one of the… …

    Glossary of theological terms

  • 20incense — 1. n. & v. n. 1 a gum or spice producing a sweet smell when burned. 2 the smoke of this, esp. in religious ceremonial. v.tr. 1 treat or perfume (a person or thing) with incense. 2 burn incense to (a deity etc.). 3 suffuse with fragrance.… …

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