arson

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noun ar·son \ˈär-sən\

Definition of arson

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

arsonist

play \-ist\ noun

arsonous

play \-əs\ adjective

Examples of arson in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


ARSON Defined for English Language Learners

arson

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noun ar·son \ˈär-sən\

Definition of arson for English Language Learners

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


ARSON Defined for Kids

arson

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noun ar·son \ˈär-sən\

Definition of arson for Students

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


Law Dictionary

arson

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noun ar·son \ˈärs-ən\

Legal Definition of arson

  1. :  the act or crime of willfully, wrongfully, and unjustifiably setting property on fire often for the purpose of committing fraud (as on an insurance company)

arsonist

\-ist\ play noun

Origin and Etymology of arson

Anglo-French arsoun, alteration of Old French arsin, literally, conflagration, from ars, past participle of ardre to burn


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