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1incense

noun in·cense \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

3incense

verb in·cense \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
INCENSED Defined for Kids

1incense

noun in·cense \ˈin-ˌsens\

Definition of INCENSE for Kids

:  material used to produce a strong and pleasant smell when burned

2incense

verb in·cense \in-ˈsens\
in·censedin·cens·ing

Definition of INCENSE for Kids

:  to make very angry <… the cabin party were incensed at me for my desertion … — Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island>

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