• (British) enPR: ĭnsĕn'dĭərē, IPA: /ɪnˈsɛn.dɪ.əɹ.i/, /ɪnˈsɛn.djəɹ.i/
  • (America) enPR: ĭnsĕn´dĭĕ'rē, IPA: /ɪnˈsɛn.di.ɛɹ.i/, /ɪnˈsɛn.di.əɹ.i/


  1. Capable of, or used for, or actually causing fire.
  2. (figurative) Intentionally stirring up strife, riot, rebellion.
    • 2014, Ian Thomson, Primo Levi: A Life, Metropolitan Books (ISBN 9781466866065), page 123 ↗:
      Earlier that year Italian Jews had come under serious attack when an incendiary publication, Gli ebrei in Italia (The Jews in Italy), had flooded the bookshops. The author, Paolo Orano, was a Fascist publicist whose book helped to harden Italian public sensibility against the Jews and pave the way for their eventual persecution.
  3. (figurative) Inflammatory, emotionally charged.
    Politics is an incendiary topic; it tends to cause fights to break out.
Translations Translations
  • German: aufrührerisch, aufwieglerisch, hetzerisch
  • Russian: подстрекающий
Translations Noun

incendiary (plural incendiaries)

  1. Something capable of causing fire, particularly a weapon.
    The military used incendiaries to destroy the building. Fortunately, the fire didn't spread.
  2. One who maliciously sets fires.
    Synonyms: arsonist
  3. (figurative) One who excites or inflames factions into quarrels.
    Synonyms: agitator
    • Several cities […] drove them out as incendiaries.

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