arson

noun
ar·​son | \ ˈär-sᵊn \

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 \ noun
arsonous \ -​əs \ 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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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 Thomas Kim was charged with murder, attempted murder, arson and explosives counts following the blast and shooting early Monday in Long Beach. Washington Post, "Prosecutor: Retirement home blast intended to kill neighbor," 27 June 2018 Kim was arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "77-year-old resident arrested after firefighter shot and killed at retirement home in Long Beach," 26 June 2018 And as Rosa was being mourned, investigators took a 77-year-old complex resident into custody and booked him on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson. latimes.com, "Today: ‘Zero Tolerance’s’ Family Plan," 26 June 2018 Kim, 77, was arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson. Christopher Weber, The Seattle Times, "Long Beach fire captain fatally shot at retirement-home blaze," 26 June 2018 Anna Schroeder faces two counts of first-degree murder, arson and concealment of a homicidal death. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Girl, 15, Allegedly Killed Mom and Burned Body Because She Feared Disapproval of Same-Sex Relationship," 22 June 2018 Nolan was charged with murder, arson and aggravated assault after 39-year-old Amber Holliman was found dead in a house fire on Hammond Drive, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "BREAKING: Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend, setting home on fire found dead in Louisiana," 1 June 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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The first known use of arson was circa 1680

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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 \

Kids Definition of arson

: the illegal burning of a building or other property

arson

noun
ar·​son | \ ˈärs-ᵊn \

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 \ 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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