Definition of "arson" [ar•son]

  • The crime of maliciously, voluntarily, and willfully setting fire to the building, buildings, or other property of another or of burning one's own property for an improper purpose, as to collect insurance. (noun)

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Use "arson" in a sentence
  • "Even misdemanor arson is a disqualifier many places."
  • "For example, if a person has a history of arson, is it not more likely than not, that person will continue to set objects on fire?"
  • "Le Mans Mayor Jean-Claude Boulard suspects arson is to blame."