American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The crime of maliciously, voluntarily, and willfully setting fire to the building, buildings, or other property of another or of burning one's own property for an improper purpose, as to collect insurance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, the malicious burning of a dwelling-house or outhouse of another. By the common law it is a felony, and if any person be in the building at the moment of firing it is a capital offense. By statutes the definition has been extended so as to include the burning of other property besides that above specified, or of one's own property. In Scotland called
- n. A saddlebow; sometimes, a saddle.
- n. uncountable The crime of setting a fire with intent to cause damage.
- n. countable An instance of such a crime.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) The malicious burning of a dwelling house or outhouse of another man, which by the common law is felony; the malicious and voluntary firing of a building or ship.
- n. malicious burning to destroy property
- Anglo-Norman and Old French arson, from the verb ardoir, from Latin ardeō. Compare ardent (Wiktionary)
- Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin ārsiō, ārsiōn-, from Latin ārsus, past participle of ārdēre, to burn; see as- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Even misdemanor arson is a disqualifier many places.”
“For example, if a person has a history of arson, is it not more likely than not, that person will continue to set objects on fire?”
“Le Mans Mayor Jean-Claude Boulard suspects arson is to blame.”
“At least 29 vehicles were destroyed in arson attacks this year, most of them luxury cars, according to police.”
“Who has ever heard of creationists engaging in arson, grave robbery and assault.”
“What if a statute says that arson is punishable by ten years unless a judge finds a racial motivation for the crime, in which case a defendant can get twenty years?”
“Your recklessness would hardly go that far, and your accomplice was toot skilled enough in arson to succeed, but he has been arrested and is awaiting trial in Brooklyn jail.”
“Camp morale was dealt a new blow this weekend when the camp's "library" marquee fell victim to what was described as an arson attack.”
“Fire terror!" a headline screamed from Germany's influential Bild-Zeitung on Friday, while Dieter Wiefelspütz, a security expert for Berlin's ruling Social Democrats called the arson a "precursor to terrorism" in an interview with the tabloid.”
“Serge @ 202: Wouldn't a flamboyant ass be called arson?”
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