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sparked the current conflagration by releasing the report
  a large, violent, uncontrolled event — especially a fire
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conflagration conflagrations
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  • sparked the current conflagration by releasing the report
  • To the south a monster conflagration was filling the sky, and we knew that the great ghetto was burning.
    Jack London  --  The Iron Heel
  • Tally felt the heat still rising from the bed, the straw mattress and thick quilts fuel for the conflagration.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • It was with great difficulty that my wife, a servant, and myself, made our escape from the conflagration.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat

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  • This paying back of the antiseptic government for its literary terrors and conflagrations.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • Out on Bluestone Road he thought he heard a conflagration of hasty voices—loud, urgent, all speaking at once so he could not make out what they were talking about or to whom.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Seeing fire breaking out in a nearby ruin (except at the very centre where the bomb itself ignited some fires, most of Hiroshima’s city-wide conflagration was caused by inflammable wreckage falling on cook-stoves and live wires.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • They were coated with ice; the thick German socks were like sheaths of iron half-way to the knees; and the mocassin strings were like rods of steel all twisted and knotted as by some conflagration.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • Then they set fire to what was left. And Nelson and Pedrito, seeing the conflagration and fearing for Patria and the children, came running down from the hills,
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Clary, she thought, crawling toward Jace through the heart of the conflagration.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • It is ironic, of course, that I should have been the one who caused a near-conflagration, and put my beloved house in danger.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • And the only way to do that is with a true conflagration—flames stoked by blood.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Nothing could stop that conflagration there.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • He is perhaps a few degrees away from being a walking conflagration.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The heat hung close and sticky in the hallway; it was heat unreasonably intense even for the summer evening—adding bafflement to the chagrin with which I was already overwhelmed—and for an instant I thought there must be a conflagration lurking behind the pink walls until I suddenly spied Morris Fink crouched in one corner, laboring over a steaming radiator.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Your precious statue will be burned in a great conflagration.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Jace’s head was thrown back, his body arched like a bow as the conflagration raged through him.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • It was growing dark and the glow of two conflagrations was the more conspicuous.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The light of that conflagration will fade away; my ashes will be swept into the sea by the winds.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The conflagration spread like wild-fire, their housing being all of wood, and covered with flags or rushes.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • PALANCAR VALLEY The sun rose the next morning with a glorious conflagration of pink and yellow.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I spun around in time to see a bag of garbage, into which I’d tossed the match I’d used to light the stove, flare into a small conflagration.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Every now and then a haze of smoke from some nearer conflagration drove across the window and hid the Martian shapes.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • In the roaring and raging of the conflagration, a red-hot wind, driving straight from the infernal regions, seemed to be blowing the edifice away.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Fisk’s house joined the conflagration next.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • ’Yes that’s all the good that such a brute as you can get from them!’ cried Catherine, sucking her damaged lip, and watching the conflagration with indignant eyes.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • As if ignited by some unseen force, Langdon felt his body suddenly in motion, dashing down the main aisle toward the conflagration.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Having looked at this extinct conflagration and shaken his head, he took my order; which, proving to be merely, "Some tea for the lady," sent him out of the room in a very low state of mind.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • As the count was immensely rich, excepting the danger Carmela had run,—and the marvellous manner in which she had escaped, made that appear to him rather a favor of providence than a real misfortune,—the loss occasioned by the conflagration was to him but a trifle.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • This will prevent all conflagrations for the future.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • And all we can hope for now is to prevent this from erupting into general conflagration, to salvage what we can of the key bloodlines.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The use of some kind of accelerant, like gasoline or alcohol, seems to be indicated in the conflagrations; however, no traces of any accelerant have yet been found.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • European conflagration.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • She made a great point of being so near the river, in case of a conflagration; and I suppose really did find some satisfaction in that circumstance.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The star of day, pale but nevertheless still splendid, was setting in the horizon, glorifying at once the heavens and the sea with bands of fire, and casting upon the towers and the old houses of the city a last ray of gold which made the windows sparkle like the reflection of a conflagration.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • But soon the conflagration died down, and the ghosts began to gather in the darkness.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Under the ceaseless conflagration of lightning that flamed in the skies, everything below stood out in clean-cut and shadowless distinctness: the bending trees, the billowy river, white with foam, the driving spray of spume-flakes, the dim outlines of the high bluffs on the other side, glimpsed through the drifting cloud-rack and the slanting veil of rain.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Her face was brilliant and glowing; but this glow was not one of brightness; it suggested the fearful glow of a conflagration in the midst of a dark night.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Let us learn how to make use of that vast conflagration of principles and virtues, which sparkles, bursts forth and quivers at certain hours.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • As in dark forests, measureless along the crests of hills, a conflagration soars, and the bright bed of fire glows for miles, now fiery lights from this great host in bronze played on the earth and flashed high into heaven.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • So the pitch and sulphur-freighted brigs of the bold Hydriote, Canaris, issuing from their midnight harbors, with broad sheets of flame for sails, bore down upon the Turkish frigates, and folded them in conflagrations.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • While this attack lasted, the family lived in constant fear of a conflagration, for the odor of burning wood pervaded the house at all hours, smoke issued from attic and shed with alarming frequency, red-hot pokers lay about promiscuously, and Hannah never went to bed without a pail of water and the dinner bell at her door in case of fire.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The grim blackness of the stones told by what fate the Hall had fallen — by conflagration: but how kindled?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She flew nonstop until the sun had traversed the dome of the sky and extinguished itself behind the horizon and then burst forth again with a glorious conflagration of reds and yellows.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • All the filth of the world, all the offal and scum of the world, we are told, shall run there as to a vast reeking sewer when the terrible conflagration of the last day has purged the world.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • He gripped the mug with both hands, talked about the noise of the conflagration, the air-fed wallop of combustion, like a ramjet thrusting.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • All the life of Miriam’s body was in her eyes, which were usually dark as a dark church, but could flame with light like a conflagration.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • And this was the moment on which all depended; for from one coal could arise again the whole conflagration.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • So that when Colonel Aureliano Buendia invited him to start a mortal conflagration that would wipe out all vestiges of a regime of corruption and scandal backed by the foreign invader, Colonel Gerineldo Marquez could not hold back a shudder of compassion.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • "Cold news," said Waldemar, "to us, though you speak of fire and conflagration."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
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