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 More than 18 million acres of land have been swallowed up by flames, leaving few options for defenseless critters caught up in the conflagration. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Planes Are Dropping Vegetables to Save Australia's Starving Animals," 13 Jan. 2020 But such statistics did little to quell anxiety when a heat wave hit in June and a red-flag warning went out, warning fire departments and residents that conditions were ripe for conflagrations. Katy Steinmetz/ukiah, Time, "California Is Stepping Up Fire Prevention Efforts—But It Hasn't Fixed One of the Biggest Problems," 2 July 2019 Mattis warned the move would ignite a conflagration in the region, endangering American lives. Brian Bennett, Time, "Inside Jared Kushner’s Unusual White House Role," 16 Jan. 2020 In August, as fears over fires in the Amazon grew, people began checking NASA’s satellite maps and noticed that there were even more conflagrations in central Africa. The Economist, "Congo’s enormous rainforest is getting smaller," 17 Oct. 2019 These conflagrations are becoming more frequent, lasting longer, and are growing increasingly more devastating. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "How This Researcher Invented an Entirely New—and Entirely Badass—Field of Science," 20 Dec. 2019 Land clearing and logging slash fed serial conflagrations, which blew up in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the waning decades of the Little Ice Age. Stephen Pyne, Quartz, "The Earth could be entering a planetary fire age," 10 Nov. 2019 Nearly a week after the operation, however, national security analysts are at odds, with some asserting Soleimani's death represented a break with international law that threatens a broad conflagration in the Middle East. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Assassination or legitimate act in the war on terror? Legal debate rages as Iran retaliates against US for Soleimani killing," 8 Jan. 2020 Land clearing and logging slash fed serial conflagrations, which blew up in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the waning decades of the Little Ice Age. Stephen Pyne, Quartz, "The Earth could be entering a planetary fire age," 10 Nov. 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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25 Feb 2020

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“Conflagration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conflagration. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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conflagration

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of conflagration

formal
: a large destructive fire
: a war or conflict

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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