incense


1in·cense

noun \ˈin-ˌsen(t)s\

: a substance that is used often in religious ceremonies to produce a strong and pleasant smell when it is burned

Full Definition of INCENSE

1
:  material used to produce a fragrant odor when burned
2
:  the perfume exhaled from some spices and gums when burned; broadly :  a pleasing scent
3
:  pleasing attention :  flattery

Examples of INCENSE

  1. <the heavenly incense of spring flowers>
  2. <count on the office manager to spread the incense whenever there's a visiting VIP from the head office>

Origin of INCENSE

Middle English encens, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin incensum, from Latin, neuter of incensus, past participle of incendere to set on fire, from in- + -cendere to burn; akin to Latin candēre to glow — more at candid
First Known Use: 13th century

2incense

verb
in·censedin·cens·ing

Definition of INCENSE

transitive verb
1
:  to apply or offer incense to
2
:  to perfume with incense

First Known Use of INCENSE

13th century

3in·cense

verb \in-ˈsen(t)s\
in·censedin·cens·ing

Definition of INCENSE

transitive verb
1
archaic :  to cause (a passion or emotion) to become aroused
2
:  to arouse the extreme anger or indignation of

Origin of INCENSE

Middle English encensen, probably from Latin incensus, past participle of incendere to set on fire, provoke
First Known Use: 15th century

incense

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Grains of resins (sometimes mixed with spices) that burn with a fragrant odor, widely used as religious offerings. Historically, the chief substances used as incense have been resins such as frankincense and myrrh, along with fragrant wood and bark, seeds, roots, and flowers.

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