Definition of arson in English:

arson

noun

  • [mass noun] The criminal act of deliberately setting fire to property:

    ‘police are treating the fire as arson’
    [as modifier] ‘an arson attack’
    • ‘The men were found guilty of rioting, arson and culpable homicide amounting to murder.’
    • ‘He said youths who started out setting cars alight often moved on to house fires and other more serious arson attacks.’
    • ‘During the last five years there has been a spate of muggings, violent attacks and arson at Moor Lane bus station.’
    • ‘However, experts have since cast doubt over the forensic tests used to decide the fire was arson.’
    • ‘Incidents have included joy riding, arson attacks on vehicles and fly tipping.’
    • ‘From that point forward he was on his own for more than a full year before committing the acts of arson.’
    • ‘Now, on that first issue, whether or not it was arson, what else might it have been?’
    • ‘Police also want to talk to anyone else who may have witnessed the suspected arson attack.’
    • ‘He faces charges of attempted arson and having articles with intent to destroy or damage property.’
    • ‘She was arrested and charged with arson with intent to endanger life. She was found to be unfit to plead.’
    • ‘The fire was caused by arson, but so far the culprit has not been caught.’
    • ‘Schools are too often subject to arson attacks, sometimes to terrible effect.’
    • ‘The arson attack at the school last Tuesday was the second in a matter of weeks but police do not know if they are linked.’
    • ‘An arson attack victim has spoken of her fear after finding that firebugs had set fire to her front door.’
    • ‘Police have released pictures of four members of a family who died in a fire following an arson attack on their home.’
    • ‘It is not known what caused the fire, but arson or a discarded cigarette end have not been ruled out.’
    • ‘Teachers are already being given specialist fire safety training in a bid to combat arson attacks in schools.’
    • ‘And I must admit that in my view if it was arson then the arsonist should be given an award for services to art.’
    • ‘No injuries were reported in the fire, which police say could have been caused by arson.’
    • ‘The jury still found Cottrell guilty of conspiracy to commit arson and seven counts of arson.’
    incendiarism, pyromania, firebombing
    fire-raising
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Origin

Late 17th century: an Anglo-Norman French legal term, from medieval Latin arsio(n-), from Latin ardere to burn.

Pronunciation:

arson

/ˈɑːs(ə)n/