ac·​cel·​er·​ant | \ ik-ˈse-lə-rənt How to pronounce accelerant (audio) , ak- \

Definition of accelerant

: a substance used to accelerate a process (such as the spreading of a fire)

Examples of accelerant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Ukraine war seems to represent both an inflation accelerant and a convenient political scapegoat for the inflation that politicians and central bankers are creating and that should persist well after the Ukraine war ends. Adam Strauss, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Online retail hastened matters, and covid proved to be an extraordinary accelerant. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2021 In pretrial testimony earlier this year, a real estate investor who manages the partnership that owns the apartments claimed the arsonist used an accelerant to ignite the inferno. Peggy O’hare, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Nov. 2021 Police believe the person used a yellow, 5-quart Pennzoil motor oil container to pour accelerant throughout the house, and that the person may have filled the container with gasoline at a local gas station. Kaitlin Mccallum,, 15 Oct. 2021 Authorities said the arsonist used accelerant and left graffiti referencing deadly shootings carried out by a White supremacist at New Zealand mosques days earlier. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Sep. 2021 The speed and unchecked virulence of the attacks show another way that social media can serve as an accelerant to sowing discord. Amanda Seitz, Anchorage Daily News, 20 May 2022 But the war is also acting as an accelerant—a force for innovation and change that few foresaw. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2022 Capitalism acts as an accelerant, not so much for the play but for the characters, who are thrown into overdrive, desperate to extend generational wealth and power. Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of accelerant

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accelerant

acceler(ate) + -ant entry 1

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12 Jun 2022

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“Accelerant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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