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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Old French
Origin: ardre 'to burn', from Latin ardere; ARDENT

arson

noun
     
ar‧son [uncountable]
SCC the crime of deliberately making something burn, especially a building:
The school was destroyed in an arson attack.
WORD FOCUS: burn WORD FOCUS: burn
to be burning: be on fire, be ablaze, be alight

to start burning: catch fire, burst into flames, ignite

to make something start burning: light, set fire to something

to make something stop burning: put out, extinguish

to hurt or damage your skin with hot liquid or steam: scald

the crime of deliberately setting fire to buildings: arson


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