conflagration
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˌkɒnfləˈɡɹeɪʃən/
Noun

conflagration

  1. A large fire extending to many objects, or over a large space; a general burning.
    It took sixty firefighters to put out the conflagration.
    • 2018, Ian Kerner / Suzannah Weiss, The Establishment, What A Fake ‘Female Orgasm’ Statistic Says About Gender Bias ↗
      Irony, bigger and cruel, seems to be embedded into our respective processes of arousal: that a woman, so unique in her sexuality…should so often find this vast potential for blazing ecstasy smoldered — a magnificent conflagration left unlit — all for lack of a match that can hold its flame.
  2. (figuratively) A large-scale conflict.
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