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- A large fire extending to many objects, or over a large space; a general burning.
- It took sixty firefighters to put out the conflagration.
- 2018, Ian Kerner / Suzannah Weiss, The Establishment, What A Fake ‘Female Orgasm’ Statistic Says About Gender Bias
- Irony, bigger and cruel, seems to be embedded into our respective processes of arousal: that a woman, so unique in her sexuality…should so often find this vast potential for blazing ecstasy smoldered — a magnificent conflagration left unlit — all for lack of a match that can hold its flame.
- (figuratively) A large-scale conflict.
- 1919, Boris Sidis, The Source and Aim of Human Progress:
- This was well brought out in the skillfully conducted campaigns by the various governments in appealing to the masses with their characteristic suggestible subconsciousness, stirring to the very depths the reflex consciousness of gregarious man by all sorts of direct and indirect suggestions of fear of attacks and patriotic reactions of self-defence against such attacks until the evil genie of self-preservation and fear became loose, resulting in a sweeping conflagration of a war of nations with all the horror of diseases, mutilation, and extermination of millions of human lives, over seventeen and a half millions, according to latest accounts, having perished in this world-massacre of the human race.
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:conflagration.
a large, ferocious, and destructive fire
conflagration f (plural conflagrations)