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1650s, “to catch fire,” from Latin conflagrat-, past participle stem of conflagrare (see conflagration). Meaning “to set on fire” is from 1835.


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  • Conflagration

    [kon-fluh-grey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn fləˈgreɪ ʃən/ noun 1. a destructive fire, usually an extensive one. /ˌkɒnfləˈɡreɪʃən/ noun 1. a large destructive fire n. 1550s, from Middle French conflagration (16c.) or directly from Latin conflagrationem (nominative conflagratio), present participle of conflagrare “to burn up,” from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + flagrare “to burn” (see flagrant).

  • Conflate

    [kuh n-fleyt] /kənˈfleɪt/ verb (used with object), conflated, conflating. 1. to fuse into one entity; merge: to conflate dissenting voices into one protest. /kənˈfleɪt/ verb 1. (transitive) to combine or blend (two things, esp two versions of a text) so as to form a whole v. 1540s, from Latin conflat-, past participle stem of conflare […]

  • Conflation

    [kuh n-fley-shuh n] /kənˈfleɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the process or result of fusing items into one entity; fusion; amalgamation. 2. Bibliography. n. 1620s, from Late Latin conflationem (nominative conflatio), noun of action from past participle stem of conflare (see conflate). database Combining or blending of two or more versions of a text; confusion or mixing […]

  • Conflict

    [verb kuh n-flikt; noun kon-flikt] /verb kənˈflɪkt; noun ˈkɒn flɪkt/ verb (used without object) 1. to come into collision or disagreement; be contradictory, at variance, or in opposition; clash: The account of one eyewitness conflicted with that of the other. My class conflicts with my going to the concert. 2. to fight or contend; do […]

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