arson NOUN the criminal act of deliberately setting fire to property.
DERIVATIVES arsonist noun.
ORIGIN Old French, from Latin ardere 'to burn' .

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  • arsonist — [[t]ɑ͟ː(r)sənɪst[/t]] arsonists N COUNT An arsonist is a person who deliberately sets fire to a building or vehicle …   English dictionary

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  • arsonist — /ahr seuh nist/, n. a person who commits arson. [1860 65; ARSON + IST] * * * …   Universalium

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  • arsonist — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. incendiary, pyRomaniac, firebug*, one who sets fires illegally, torch, petroleur (French); see also criminal …   English dictionary for students

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