conflagration

noun
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 In 1577, the Sala dello Scrutinio was almost destroyed by fire — the third conflagration at the palace in less than a century. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 But unlike the 1965 Watts riots that engulfed South L.A. a generation before, the conflagration that took hold after the King trial wasn’t constrained to that neighborhood and was not restricted to Black Angelenos. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 And all the while avoiding an escalatory spiral that could draw NATO directly into a war with Russia, a prospect that risks a nuclear conflagration. Damon Linker, The Week, 27 Apr. 2022 Palestinian witnesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of security concerns, said a small group of Palestinians threw rocks at police, who then entered the compound in force, setting off a wider conflagration. Joseph Krauss, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 Palestinian witnesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of security concerns, said a small group of Palestinians threw rocks at police, who then entered the compound in force, setting off a wider conflagration. Fox News, 15 Apr. 2022 Palestinian witnesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of security concerns, said a small group of Palestinians threw rocks at police, who then entered the compound in force, setting off a wider conflagration. Joseph Krauss, ajc, 15 Apr. 2022 Approving more relevant requests from other countries that want to give Israeli weapons, such as Spike anti-tank missiles, to Ukraine would probably cross a dangerous line that could risk a conflagration in Syria. Lahav Harkov, National Review, 15 Mar. 2022 And the situation around Ukraine's borders, where more than 150,000 Russian troops are at high alert, is so tense that local clashes could spark a wider conflagration and shut down diplomacy. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 20 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Conflagration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conflagration. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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conflagration

noun
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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