conflagration

[ kon-fluh-grey-shuhn ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

From the Latin verb conflagrare, from con- (expressing intensive force) + flagrare ‘to blaze’

Synonyms

  • blaze
  • bonfire
  • inferno
  • wildfire

Definition

a destructive fire, usually an extensive one

Example

The family made it out of their home just before the conflagration destroyed the neighborhood.

Usage Over Time

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