con·​fla·​gra·​tion | \ ˌkän-flə-ˈgrā-shən How to pronounce conflagration (audio) \

Definition of conflagration

1 : fire especially : a large disastrous fire The conflagration destroyed the warehouses.
2 : conflict, war The conflagration between the two countries lasted for ten years.

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Examples of conflagration in a Sentence

The treaty is the latest attempt to resolve the ten-year conflagration. the historic tavern burned to the ground in a horrible conflagration
Recent Examples on the Web More than 40,000 civilians died in the conflagration. Jason M. Forthofer, Scientific American, "Can Scientists Predict Fire Tornadoes?," 20 Nov. 2019 Firefighters have flown in from other parts of Australia and from New Zealand to help battle the conflagration. The Economist, "Unprecedented Australian bushfires stoke a debate about climate change," 16 Nov. 2019 Bone-dry conditions, coupled with high temperatures and blustery winds, have fuelled the conflagrations. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Australia Is Battling ‘Catastrophic’ Bushfires," 12 Nov. 2019 The conflagration has destroyed nearly 100 structures and threatens 80,000 more, forcing 200,000 people to evacuate. Wired, "California’s Wildfires Are the Doom of Our Own Making," 28 Oct. 2019 Given its proximity to Interstate 5, the conflagration produced dramatic pictures as motorists and slowed traffic, at one point jumping the highway and burning through brush on both sides of the interstate. oregonlive, "Summer 2019: the Oregon wildfire season that wasn’t," 4 Oct. 2019 The company's two other boats, the Truth and Vision, have not been in operation since the Labor Day conflagration. Fox News, "California boat company suspends tours after fatal fire than killed 34 people," 2 Oct. 2019 The conflagration emitted about 4 billion tons of carbon dioxide, approaching what the entire U.S. releases each year. National Geographic, "Inside the search for Africa’s carbon time bomb," 1 Oct. 2019 Bishop said one fire stands out: a 1994 conflagration at the former Dole Citrus Packing Plant, which was built with huge pine timbers. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Clermont Fire Chief Carle Bishop retiring after 49 years with department," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of conflagration

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conflagration

Latin conflagration-, conflagratio, from conflagrare — see conflagrant

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The first known use of conflagration was in 1600

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2 Dec 2019

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“Conflagration.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of conflagration

: a large destructive fire
: a war or conflict


con·​fla·​gra·​tion | \ ˌkän-flə-ˈgrā-shən How to pronounce conflagration (audio) \

Kids Definition of conflagration

: a large destructive fire

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