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arson

noun

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the illegal burning of a building or other property; the crime of setting fire to something
  • The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but investigators suspect arson.
  • The town has suffered a rash of arson attacks.

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The first known use of arson was circa 1680

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“Arson.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/arson. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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