Definition of conflagration in English:

conflagration

Line breaks: con|flag¦ra|tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒnfləˈgreɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

  • An extensive fire which destroys a great deal of land or property: tinder-dry conditions sparked fears of a conflagration in many drought-devastated communities
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    • In the divine realm, fire symbolizes the universal conflagration of the apocalypse which will destroy men's sinful bodies.
    • Safety-conscious fire departments across the country are changing their policies, and will no longer risk firefighter lives to protect mere property in these conflagrations.
    • These companies encouraged positive precautions to prevent fires by the design and construction of buildings, and to deal rapidly with conflagrations.
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Origin

late 15th century (denoting consumption by fire): from Latin conflagratio(n-), from the verb conflagrare, from con- (expressing intensive force) + flagrare 'to blaze'.

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