Definition of "incendiary" []

  • Causing or capable of causing fire. (adjective)
  • Of or containing chemicals that produce intensely hot fire when exploded: an incendiary bomb. (adjective)
  • Of or involving arson. (adjective)
  • Tending to inflame; inflammatory: an incendiary speech. (adjective)
  • An arsonist. (noun)
  • Of or relating to the illegal burning of property, goods, etc (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Tending to create strife, violence, etc; inflammatory (adjective)
  • (of a substance) capable of catching fire, causing fires, or burning readily (adjective)
  • A person who illegally sets fire to property, goods, etc; arsonist (noun)
  • (esp formerly) a person who stirs up civil strife, violence, etc, for political reasons; agitator (noun)
  • A bomb that is designed to start fires (noun)
  • An incendiary substance, such as phosphorus (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "incendiary" in a sentence
  • "August 19th, 2009 5: 51 pm ET more party of no idiocy. when will they try to work at providing a solution? currently, all they are good at is speaking in incendiary terms and causing problems."
  • "Mr. Romney is running a campaign strategy indeed targeted at the broad fiscal conservative coalition that emerged in 2010: Hold the worried independents and centrist Democrats by avoiding what in his Dec. 24 Wall Street Journal Weekend Interview he called "incendiary things.""
  • "Beck cannot claim that he was the voice of reason for these extremist shitheads, long after he engaged in incendiary rhetoric which incited them in the first place."