Definition of flashpoint in English:

flashpoint

noun

  • 1A place, event, or time at which violence or hostility flares up:

    ‘the conflict reached a flashpoint last year’
    • ‘I said, ‘Mr. President as long as there are checkpoints, there are flashpoints.’’
    • ‘The answer, I believe, is often that these disagreements occur in cases that not only present difficult legal questions, but also are flashpoints for underlying conflicts involving basic values and beliefs.’
    • ‘His intervention has helped ensure that violent flashpoints have not spun out of control.’
    • ‘The season's main violence flashpoints were before, during and after games against Hartlepool, Bury, and Carlisle.’
    • ‘Politics here have long been a flashpoint for violence.’
    • ‘Although there are flashpoints of conflict all over the country there is no national policy on how to tackle them.’
    • ‘Yet what is true for us seems just as accurate when we look across the globe - particularly to critical international flashpoints.’
    • ‘Edwards explores how a single rugby match proved to be one of the most significant flashpoints in Welsh history.’
    • ‘The cable wars in the city have reached a new flashpoint.’
    • ‘One of the flashpoints is the precautionary approach.’
    • ‘In what was just the latest flashpoint in a campaign of sectarian violence, the terrified Catholics were ambushed by the baying mob.’
    • ‘It's been a flashpoint for violence since the United States invaded.’
    • ‘Christmas is often a flashpoint for domestic violence due to increased drinking, tension over money and contact with family members.’
    • ‘There were flashpoints: most notably when the board tried to rubberstamp massive bonuses for the very people responsible for screwing the company up.’
    • ‘Child custody and visitation rights are becoming flashpoints in our society: Men are desperate to be a part of their children's lives.’
    • ‘While the League of Ireland has never had a strong culture of violence, most of the flashpoints that have occurred have involved supporters from one or both of these clubs.’
    • ‘The post-Cold War need for mobile, flexible forces to deal with threats and flashpoints that can flare up at a moment's notice has placed a new emphasis on airlift.’
    • ‘The frequency of incidents raises serious concern because the area is known as a possible flashpoint for regional conflict.’
    • ‘Only Berlin continued to be a flashpoint until the superpowers reached an understanding about the two Germanies.’
    • ‘Environmentalism has become one of the hottest cultural flashpoints in the battle between red and blue America.’
  • 2Chemistry
    The temperature at which a particular organic compound gives off sufficient vapour to ignite in air:

    ‘this particular resin is very volatile and has a fairly low flashpoint’
    • ‘They had routinely heated paraffin oil with a flashpoint of 175 degrees centigrade in its baking tins to stop pies sticking.’

Pronunciation:

flashpoint

/ˈflaʃpɔɪnt/