incense

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From Old French encens (sweet-smelling substance) from Late Latin incensum (burnt incense, literally something burnt), neuter past participle of incendō (I set on fire). Compare incendiary.

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incense (countable and uncountable, plural incenses)

  1. A perfume used in the rites of various religions.

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incense (third-person singular simple present incenses, present participle incensing, simple past and past participle incensed)

  1. (transitive) To anger or infuriate.
    I think it would incense him to learn the truth.
  2. (archaic) To incite, stimulate.
  3. (transitive) To offer incense to.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
  4. (transitive) To perfume with, or as with, incense.
    • Marston
      Incensed with wanton sweetes.
  5. (obsolete) To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn.
    • Chapman
      Twelve Trojan princes wait on thee, and labour to incense / Thy glorious heap of funeral.

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incense

  1. vocative masculine singular of incensus