There are 2 main definitions of incense in English:

Share this entry

incense 1

Syllabification: in·cense

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈinˌsens/
1A gum, spice, or other substance that is burned for the sweet smell it produces.
Example sentences
  • Instead, they burn incense and other sweet odors and light candles.
  • You could burn incense sticks or light a scented candle.
  • She always had some sandalwood incense burning when she sang, or wrote.
1.1The smoke or perfume of incense.
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.

verb

Pronunciation: /inˈsens/
[with object] Back to top  
Perfume with incense or a similar fragrance: the aroma of cannabis incensed the air

Origin

Middle English (originally as encense): from Old French encens (noun), encenser (verb), from ecclesiastical Latin incensum 'something burned, incense', neuter past participle of incendere 'set fire to', from in- 'in' + the base of candere 'to glow'.

Derivatives

incensation

1
Pronunciation: /ˌinsenˈsāSHən/
noun

Definition of incense in:

Share this entry

 

There are 2 main definitions of incense in English:

Share this entry

incense 2 Syllabification: in·cense
Pronunciation: /inˈsens/

verb

[with object]
Make (someone) very angry: she was incensed by the accusations
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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'.

Definition of incense in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day coiffeur
Pronunciation: kwäˈfər
noun
a hairdresser