arson

noun
ar·​son | \ ˈär-sᵊn How to pronounce arson (audio) \

Definition of arson

: the willful or malicious burning of property (such as a building) especially with criminal or fraudulent intent Arson was determined to be the cause of the fire.

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Other Words from arson

arsonist \ -​ist How to pronounce arsonist (audio) \ noun
arsonous \ -​əs How to pronounce arsonous (audio) \ adjective

Examples of arson in a Sentence

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.
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In contrast to the unrest that preceded the 1987 vote, this referendum campaign was largely peaceful, Still some mining operations were targeted with arson and blockades in the months leading up to Sunday’s vote. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "New Caledonians Vote No on Frexit, Will Maintain French Connection," 4 Nov. 2018 He is charged with first-degree arson, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years, and other related charges. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Crofton man charged with threatening Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris on day of March for Our Lives," 14 June 2018 Several media outlets are reporting that Israel Reyes, who has been charged with arson and child endangerment, allegedly started the fire after a fight with her boyfriend, the 2-month-old’s father. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Texas Mom Allegedly Set Home on Fire with Infant Inside — and Then Texted Photos to Baby’s Father," 4 May 2018 For acts of heroism: From 2016-2018 Bella is a law enforcement/arson dog who works in Fort Bend County, Texas, southeast of Houston. Grant Suneson And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 25 most heroic dogs in America," 5 July 2018 Gaza Strip militants barraged southern Israel with rockets overnight after the Israeli military took action in the territory against airborne arson and explosive attacks. David Wainer, Bloomberg.com, "Palestinians Fire Rockets at Israel Following Gaza Airstrikes," 27 June 2018 Milwaukee police are investigating an arson of a vehicle that occurred at 1:15 a.m. Thursday in the 200 block of East Chicago Street. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police investigating targeted arson of vehicle in parking garage," 5 July 2018 Alberto Medina, 25, was found guilty of murder, arson, burglary and animal cruelty in connection with the death of Andrea DelVesco. Fox News, "Killer who stabbed UCLA student 19 times gets life sentence without parole," 22 Sep. 2018 Clymer’s comments came during a hearing Thursday for Frederick Fegely, who is charged with murder and felony arson in an April 2015 Ogden Dunes house fire in which his mother, Wanda Maxine Wunder, 94, died. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "'Any junk science will be excluded,' judge in arson-murder trial says," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of arson

circa 1680, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arson

Anglo-French arsoun, from ars, past participle of arder, ardre to burn, from Latin ardēre — more at ardor

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arson

noun

English Language Learners Definition of arson

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

arson

noun
ar·​son | \ ˈär-sᵊn How to pronounce arson (audio) \

Kids Definition of arson

: the illegal burning of a building or other property

arson

noun
ar·​son | \ ˈärs-ᵊn How to pronounce arson (audio) \

Legal Definition of arson

: 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)

Other Words from arson

arsonist \ -​ist How to pronounce arsonist (audio) \ noun

History and Etymology for arson

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

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