There are 2 main definitions of incense in English:

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incense 1

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]
Perfume with incense or a similar fragrance: the aroma of cannabis incensed the air

Derivatives

incensation

Pronunciation: /ˌinsenˈsāSHən/
noun

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'.

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There are 2 main definitions of incense in English:

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incense 2

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'.

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