from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. malicious burning to destroy property; arson.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of setting on fire. In Scots law, fire-raising is the technical equivalent of arson in English law. See arson.

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

  • n. malicious burning to destroy property


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  • Widdrington at Chevy – Chase; but as for fire-raising, there was not so much as a lighted lunt amongst us, save the match which the dragon had to light the burning tow withal, which he was to spit against Saint

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  • At Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday, a not guilty plea to a second fire-raising charge was accepted.

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  • Up to this point, the Eighth had rarely aimed its bombs directly at civilians, and it would never employ the fire-raising tactics used by Bomber Harris.

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  • Unofficially, in the fortnight between the fire-raising at L-beck and Hitler's order for "terror attacks of a retaliatory nature" - meaning the V-weapons-word of the Angel got around.

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  • No one saw the fire lighted, but after the disaster a certain number of little fuse-sticks which the Germans frequently use for the purpose of fire-raising, and which the peasants call "macaronis," were collected.

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  • He was brave and bloodthirsty without any affection, and he hated the white men who interfered with the manly pursuits of throat-cutting, kidnapping, slave-dealing, and fire-raising, that were the only possible occupation for a true man of the sea.

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  • He grew excited, spoke very loud, and his further discourse, delivered with his hand on the hilt of his sword, dealt incoherently with the honourable topics of throat cutting, fire-raising, and with the far-famed valour of his ancestors.

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  • With regard to the amount of fire-raising there are no trustworthy statistics.



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