Definitions

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

  • n. A large destructive fire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large fire extending to many objects, or over a large space; a general burning.
  • n. A large-scale conflict.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fire extending to many objects, or over a large space; a general burning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A burning; a fire; especially, the burning of any large mass of combustibles: as, the conflagration of a city or of a forest; the final conflagration of the world.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a very intense and uncontrolled fire

Etymologies

Latin cōnflagrātiō, cōnflagrātiōn-, from cōnflagrātus, past participle of cōnflagrāre, to burn up; see conflagrant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cōnflagrātiō ("burning, conflagration"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So how did that affect you and what your strategy was in figuring out what a negotiation with him should be because if you believe in the apocalypse, then you believe you might die soon, and any conflagration is just further sign that yeah, the end is near, and that's a good thing.

    'Stalling For Time' With An FBI Hostage Negotiator

  • This movement of fire, the aliveness of the flames, the symphony of the conflagration, is everything it means to be a human being.

    Writing Workshop: What are YOU Working on? | Write to Done

  • Just as the mythological Norse Age ended in conflagration, so some of our scientists predict that our present universe will end billions of years from now, if we happen to be living in a contracting universe.

    Mesoamerican Religion and Multiverses: Part One

  • According to me – They want the middle east to explode in conflagration – people slaughtered so they can reap billions on scant oil supplies and sub-par armaments produced by war profiteering companies.

    Think Progress » Remembering Iraq.

  • "A faint reddish light betrays itself through some of the windows of the minster; by degrees it increases in vividness; until at length the flame from which it proceeds bursts fiercely forth, illuminating the adjacent towers, and mingled volumes of smoke, and masses of brilliant sparks, now rapidly ascend to the skies; a great portion of the roof of the building falls in; and the dreadful conflagration is at its height when the scene closes" (Altick 167).

    Making Visible: The Diorama, the Double and the (Gothic) Subject

  • The 1933 Reichstag conflagration, the Gliwice Radio Tower invasion, the Pearl Harbor attack, and, yes, even the Tonkin Gulf Incident were ALL orchestrated events that served to galvanize an unsuspecting populace into supporting unpopular wars.

    Suicide by F16 fighter jet?

  • Lawrence Pietroni has created two uniquely alluring charactersRuby and Isaand spins a story that feels mythical or folkloric, that is driven by a mystery, throbs with tension, and ends in conflagration.

    Ruby's Spoon: Summary and book reviews of Ruby's Spoon by Anna Lawrence Pietroni.

  • But all human efforts, all the lavish gifts of the emperor, and the propitiations of the gods, did not banish the sinister belief that the conflagration was the result of an order.

    Tacitus on Mythicism

  • But all human efforts, all the lavish gifts of the emperor, and the propitiations of the gods did not banish the sinister belief that the conflagration was the result of an order.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Which brings me to my third point, When it was clear that the conflagration was a disaster, it should have been called "on account of rain [griefing and lag]" fixed and rescheduled or just given up, instead Mordecai Scaggs touted his "victory".

    Archive 2007-07-01

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