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Topic: WEAPONS

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: incendiarius, from incendium 'fire'

incendiary

1 adjective
     
in‧cen‧di‧a‧ry1
1PMW [only before noun] designed to cause a fire
incendiary bomb/device
The explosion seems to have been caused by an incendiary device.
2TC an incendiary speech, piece of writing etc is intended to make people angry:
a hip-hop album with incendiary lyrics
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