Definition of


  1. (noun, act) malicious burning to destroy property

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Synonyms of Arson

fire-raising, incendiarism

Alternate forms of Arson

Derivations: arsonist

Hypernyms: burning, combustion

Origin of the word Arson

  1. 1670s, from Anglo-Fr. arsoun (1275), from O.Fr. arsion, from L.L. arsionem (nom. arsio) "a burning," from L. arsus pp. of ardere "to burn," from PIE base *as- "to burn, glow" (see ardent). The O.E. term was b?rnet, lit. "burning;" and Coke has indictment of burning (1640). Arsonist is from 1864. more

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