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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: conflagratio, from conflagrare 'to burn', from com- ( COM-) + flagrare 'to burn'

conflagration

noun
     
con‧fla‧gra‧tion [countable] formal
1 a very large fire that destroys a lot of buildings, forests etc
2 a violent situation or war
WORD FOCUS: fire WORD FOCUS: fire
a big fire that causes a lot of damage: blaze, inferno, conflagration literary

someone whose job is to put out fires: firefighter, fireman, the fire department American English, the fire brigade British English
fire

See also
fire

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