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arson

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noun ar·son \ˈär-sən\

Simple Definition of arson

  • : the illegal burning of a building or other property : the crime of setting fire to something

Full Definition of arson

  1. :  the willful or malicious burning of property (as a building) especially with criminal or fraudulent intent

ar·son·istplay \-ist\ noun
ar·son·ousplay \-əs\ adjective

Examples of arson

  1. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but investigators suspect arson.

  2. The town has suffered a rash of arson attacks.

  3. The town has suffered a rash of arsons.



Origin of arson

Anglo-French arsoun, from ars, past participle of arder, ardre to burn, from Latin ardēre — more at ardor


First Known Use: circa 1680

Rhymes with arson


ARSON Defined for Kids

arson

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noun ar·son \ˈär-sən\

Definition of arson

  1. :  the illegal burning of a building or other property





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