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conflagration
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Definition a large, violent, uncontrolled event — especially a fire
  • sparked the current conflagration by releasing the report
conflagration = a large, violent, uncontrolled event — especially a fire
  • 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
  • conflagration = large, uncontrolled fire
  • This paying back of the antiseptic government for its literary terrors and conflagrations.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • conflagrations = large, violent, uncontrolled events — especially fires
  • It was with great difficulty that my wife, a servant, and myself, made our escape from the conflagration.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • conflagration = a large, violent, uncontrolled event — especially 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
  • conflagration = a large, violent, uncontrolled event — especially a fire
  • 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
  • conflagration = a large, violent, uncontrolled event
  • 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
  • conflagration = a large, violent, uncontrolled event
  • Seeing fire breaking out in a nearby ruin (except at the very center 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
  • conflagration = a large, violent, uncontrolled event — especially a fire
  • She had sensed the truth of it long ago, Dany thought as she took a step closer to the conflagration, but the brazier had not been hot enough.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • The light of that conflagration will fade away; my ashes will be swept into the sea by the winds.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • What would have been a minor fizzle in Earth's atmosphere became an uncontrolled conflagration in the container's pure oxygen environment.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • The grim blackness of the stones told by what fate the Hall had fallen — by conflagration: but how kindled?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Jace's head was thrown back, his body arched like a bow as the conflagration raged through him.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Rather, this talk of conflagration was a way of easing the despair of watching the dream come to an end.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • And the only way to do that is with a true conflagration—flames stoked by blood.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The conflagration spread like wild-fire, their housing being all of wood, and covered with flags or rushes.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Your precious statue will be burned in a great conflagration.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • "Cold news," said Waldemar, "to us, though you speak of fire and conflagration."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • 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

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