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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Courtney Eugene Smith, 39, was being held Sunday at the Arlington city jail on arson charges. Dallas News, "Man accused of setting fires at Fort Worth home with woman, children inside," 28 July 2019 Tyresse Singleton, 20, is facing hate crime and arson charges for allegedly burning two rainbow flags displayed outside Alibi Lounge on May 31, the eve of LGBTQ Pride Month, and another Monday. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "NYPD probes defaced Megan Rapinoe posters," 11 July 2019 Two men have been arrested on arson charges after an American flag displayed at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater was burned on July Fourth, Fishers Police said Friday. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "2 Fishers men arrested in July Fourth burning of American flag, police say," 5 July 2019 Durham was booked at Oklahoma County Jail and faces second-degree arson charges. Fox News, "Oklahoma woman arrested for arson after getting caught by her own surveillance camera, officials say," 20 June 2019 The Trump administration has reinstated grazing leases for an Oregon rancher and his son whose imprisonment on arson charges incited the takeover of a nearby national wildlife refuge three years ago. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Trump Administration Renews Permits for Two Oregon Ranchers," 28 Jan. 2019 In January 2016, Bundy and other militia members rallied around Dwight and Steven Hammond, a father and son who were jailed by federal authorities on arson charges stemming from a dispute over their Oregon ranch. Kyle Swenson, The Seattle Times, "Ammon Bundy breaks with Trump on anti-migrant rhetoric: ‘It’s all fear-based’," 28 Nov. 2018 He was later sentenced in 2010 to two years of home-confinement followed by 28 years of probation on an arson charge, as well as an additional five years of probation for fleeing law enforcement. Jeff Weiner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gary Wayne Lindsey pledged self-improvement days before killing 4 kids, shooting cop: records," 28 June 2018 Authorities said Earnest, who lived in Rancho Penasquitos with his parents and was studyingnursing at Cal State San Marcos, confessed to both the shooting and the arson fire in an online manifesto posted prior to the synagogue shooting. Pomerado News, "Judge: Chabad attack search warrant to be unsealed," 25 July 2019

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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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