Simple Definition of arson
: the illegal burning of a building or other property : the crime of setting fire to something
Examples of arson
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but investigators suspect arson.
The town has suffered a rash of arson attacks.
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
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