conflagration

noun
con·fla·gra·tion | \ˌkän-flə-ˈgrā-shən \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for conflagration

Synonyms

conflict, hostilities, hot war, war

Antonyms

peace

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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

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Polous, a shrimper and oysterman, lost 14 boats, his home and pickup trucks in the quick-moving conflagration Sunday that left behind a trail of ash and ruins in Eastpoint, just across the river from the historic town of Apalachicola. Brendan Farrington And Gary Fineout, Sun-Sentinel.com, "'Controlled' blaze blamed for 36 destroyed homes," 28 June 2018 The move was aimed at offering hope to communities that lost everything to some of the worst blazes in Portugal and to prevent future conflagrations -- oaks are more resistant to fires than eucalyptus and pine forests. Bloomberg.com, "Portugal Doubles Down on Cork After Demand Revives in Wine Business," 28 Mar. 2018 Only 15 percent of those calls were answered, leaving some residents with little notice of the rapidly spreading conflagration. Joaquin Palomino, San Francisco Chronicle, "Alerts reached few in Sonoma County in early hours of Wine Country fires," 6 Jan. 2018 Throughout the first night of the conflagration, county dispatchers contacted PG&E about troubles with gas and electrical lines in at least 54 locations. Joaquin Palomino, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dozens of PG&E equipment problems reported as Wine Country fires began," 26 Jan. 2018 Polous, a shrimper and oysterman, lost 14 boats, his home and pickup trucks in the quick-moving conflagration Sunday that left behind a trail of ash and ruins in Eastpoint, just across the river from the historic town of Apalachicola. Brendan Farrington And Gary Fineout, Sun-Sentinel.com, "'Controlled' blaze blamed for 36 destroyed homes," 28 June 2018 Polous, a shrimper and oysterman, lost 14 boats, his home and pickup trucks in the quick-moving conflagration Sunday that left behind a trail of ash and ruins in Eastpoint, just across the river from the historic town of Apalachicola. Brendan Farrington And Gary Fineout, Fox News, "State: Controlled burn sparked fire that destroyed 36 homes," 27 June 2018 But the portion dealing with the causes of the conflagrations crystallized the conflict between the Thornton law-and-order hawks and the Lindsay doves, proxies of a divided nation. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘Separate and Unequal’ Review: ‘Two Societies, One Black, One White’," 2 Mar. 2018 The political conflagration over Bork was one that few saw coming. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Borked!! GOP's long game finally bringing nightmare of Robert Bork's America to Supreme Court | Will Bunch," 28 June 2018

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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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conflagration

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conflagration

: a large destructive fire

: a war or conflict

conflagration

noun
con·fla·gra·tion | \ˌkän-flə-ˈgrā-shən \

Kids Definition of conflagration

: a large destructive fire

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