Borrowed from Old French incendiaire, from Latin incendiārius (“setting alight”), from incendium (“destructive fire”), from incendō (“I set on fire, kindle”), from in- (“into, in, on, upon”) + candeō (“I am hot”).
incendiary (comparative more incendiary, superlative most incendiary)
- Capable of, or used for, or actually causing fire.
- (figuratively) Intentionally stirring up strife, riot, rebellion.
- (figuratively) Inflammatory, emotionally charged.
incendiary (plural incendiaries)
- Something capable of causing fire, particularly a weapon.
- One who maliciously sets fires.
- (figuratively) One who excites or inflames factions into quarrels.