- 1A gum, spice, or other substance that is burned for the sweet smell it produces: the sharp lingering sweetness of incense [as modifier]: incense sticks
- 1.1The smoke or perfume of incense: the swirls of incense in the airMore example sentences
- The room was lit almost completely by soft candlelight, and the air was perfumed by sweet-smelling incense, and men smoking pipes filled with herbal concoctions.
- All you see is the mist of thick and perfumed incense.
- The air eddies with charcoal smoke and incense.
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Middle English (originally as encense): from Old French encens (noun), encenser (verb), from ecclesiastical Latin incensum 'something burnt, incense', neuter past participle of incendere 'set fire to', from in- 'in' + the base of candere 'to glow'.
- Make very angry: locals are incensed at the suggestionMore example sentences
enrage, infuriate, anger, madden, send into a rage, outrage, inflame, exasperate, antagonize, provoke, irritate greatly, rile, gall• informal make someone see red, make someone's blood boil, make someone's hackles rise, get someone's back up, hack off, drive mad/crazy, drive up the wall, get someone's dander up, get someone's goat, get up someone's nose, rattle someone's cage• vulgar slang piss offBritish • vulgar slang get on someone's tits• rare empurpleenraged, very angry, irate, furious, infuriated, angered, in a temper, raging, incandescent, fuming, seething, beside oneself, outraged, in high dudgeon• informal mad, hopping mad, wild, livid, as cross as two sticks, boiling, apoplectic, aerated, hot under the collar, on the warpath, up in arms, with all guns blazing, foaming at the mouth, steamed up, in a lather, in a paddy, in a filthy temper, fit to be tiedWest Indian • informal vexBritish • informal , • dated in a bate, waxy• vulgar slang pissed offNorth American • vulgar slang pissed
- Locals from Mountmellick are incensed by the amount of household rubbish that is being illegally dumped in areas of the town.
- A local woman was incensed and began a local petition to campaign to make the council change its mind.
- The locals were incensed and came out of their homes to argue with the British soldiers.
late Middle English (in the general sense 'inflame or excite someone with a strong feeling'): from Old French incenser, from Latin incendere 'set fire to'.