Adjective "arson" definition and examples

(Arson may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


The criminal act of deliberately setting fire to property.
  1. as modifier 'an arson attack'
  2. 'During the last five years there has been a spate of muggings, violent attacks and arson at Moor Lane bus station.'
  3. 'He said youths who started out setting cars alight often moved on to house fires and other more serious arson attacks.'
  4. 'She was arrested and charged with arson with intent to endanger life. She was found to be unfit to plead.'
  5. 'Incidents have included joy riding, arson attacks on vehicles and fly tipping.'
  6. 'The fire was caused by arson, but so far the culprit has not been caught.'
  7. 'However, experts have since cast doubt over the forensic tests used to decide the fire was arson.'
  8. 'Police also want to talk to anyone else who may have witnessed the suspected arson attack.'
  9. 'Teachers are already being given specialist fire safety training in a bid to combat arson attacks in schools.'
  10. 'The jury still found Cottrell guilty of conspiracy to commit arson and seven counts of arson.'
  11. 'An arson attack victim has spoken of her fear after finding that firebugs had set fire to her front door.'

More definitions

1. Law. the malicious burning of another's house or property, or in some statutes, the burning of one's own house or property, as to collect insurance.

More examples(as adjective)

"attacks can be arson."

"fires can be arson."

"suspects can be arson."

"investigators can be arson."

"cases can be arson."

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Late 17th century: an Anglo-Norman French legal term, from medieval Latin arsio(n-), from Latin ardere ‘to burn’.