Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Burning intensely; blazing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. brightly burning

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Burning together in a common flame.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Burning; involved in a conflagration.

Etymologies

Latin cōnflagrāns, cōnflagrant-, present participle of cōnflagrāre, to burn up : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + flagrāre, to burn; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Claire chucks bits of wood onto the conflagrant pile and slams the stove door before they can spill out.

    Healer

  • Why did God let those websites crash when His believers were making their holy virtual pilgrimage to the images of the conflagrant cleric?

    Holy Smoke!

  • The freshman had begun to read his essay in a loud, declamatory style; but gradually, knowing with an orator's instinct, I suppose, that his audience was not 'with' him, he had quieted down, and become rather nervous -- too nervous to skip, as I am sure he wished to skip, the especially conflagrant passages.

    Yet Again

  • Her two-song cameo, near the concert's midpoint, had all the rude conflagrant force of a meteor crashing onto the stage.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The images, mostly breathtaking-horrifying aerial shots of an alternately lunar and conflagrant post-Gulf War Kuwaiti landscape, are at least strictly documentary; the formal framework, however-including various pieces of classical music; XIII portentously titled chapters; and a Herzog voiceover filled with vague destruction-myth proclamations ( "And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell") - suggests post-apocalyptic fiction.

    The L Magazine - New York City's Local Event and Arts & Culture Guide

  • Throughout the span of modern European political and cultural clash, the tension between these sets of ideas has bred conflagrant rebellion and uproarious revolution, new beginnings and salient renewals.

    The Brown Daily Herald RSS

  • Conflagrate means to burn up, with its archaic form, conflagrant - burning.

    murderati

  • In glory of the Father, to diflblve Satan with his perverted world, then raife From the conflagrant mafs, purg'd and refinM,

    The Works of the English Poets

  • Nay, the kindly shine of summer, when tracked home with the scientific spyglass, is found to issue from the most portentous nightmare of the universe — the great, conflagrant sun: a world of hell’s squibs, tumultuary, roaring aloud, inimical to life.

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

  • 1439: From the conflagrant mass, purg'd and refin'd,

    Paradise Lost (1667)

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