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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Now there are many mourners, who burn incense and cry out accusations.
▪ Imagine just inside the entrance to the Hall of Justice a head shop with burning incense and cops dressed as hippies.
▪ The alchemist would burn incense and douse himself in specially prepared perfumes before carrying out his experiments.
▪ Some people like to burn incense and kowtow to the book.
▪ Open it, burn the incense.
▪ The black clothes, the gilt, the icons and the burning incense evoke the paintings of Goya.
▪ Coffee thermoses, incense pots, boxes of fruit, trays to serve it on, suitcases, prayer mats.
▪ He decided to return to Santa Cruz to start again, focusing on his incense.
▪ In the wind and cold I could almost hear her chants and gongs, and smell her incense burning.
▪ Meditation does not demand sitting cross-legged amidst candles and burning incense, muttering weird incantations.
▪ Not quite Eton or Harrow with incense thrown in, but close to it.
▪ We return silently down the path, the last rays of light clinging to the incense.
▪ Pat was so incensed he got up at once and hit Jock, and Mrs Lennox screamed.
▪ I knew he was so incensed he couldn't control himself.
So incensed are its owners that the controls are to be lifted, at whatever cost to the fish.
▪ The zoning changes incensed nearby residents.
▪ Any breach of individual liberties affronts and incenses us.
▪ As Hall departed for the dressing room, incensed Everton boss Howard Kendall gave him a tongue-lashing from the dugout.
▪ Customers are often incensed with the poor interest rate they get on their savings.
▪ If you get incensed and act like an idiot, now there are too many idiots on the road.
▪ On the other side of the political aisle, an incensed Sen.
▪ Pat was so incensed he got up at once and hit Jock, and Mrs Lennox screamed.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Incense \In"cense\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Incensed; p. pr. & vb. n. Incensing.] [LL. incensare: cf. F. encenser. See Incense, n.]

  1. To offer incense to. See Incense. [Obs.]

  2. To perfume with, or as with, incense. ``Incensed with wanton sweets.''


Incense \In"cense\, n. [OE. encens, F. encens, L. incensum, fr. incensus, p. p. of incendere to burn. See Incense to inflame.]

  1. The perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when burned in celebrating religious rites or as an offering to some deity.

    A thick cloud of incense went up.
    --Ezek. viii. 11.

  2. The materials used for the purpose of producing a perfume when burned, as fragrant gums, spices, frankincense, etc.

    Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon.
    --Lev. x. 1.

  3. Also used figuratively.

    Or heap the shrine of luxury and pride, With incense kindled at the Muse's flame.

    Incense tree, the name of several balsamic trees of the genus Bursera (or Icica) mostly tropical American. The gum resin is used for incense. In Jamaica the Chrysobalanus Icaco, a tree related to the plums, is called incense tree.

    Incense wood, the fragrant wood of the tropical American tree Bursera heptaphylla.


Incense \In*cense"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Incensed; p. pr. & vb. n. Incensing.] [L. incensus, p. p. of incendere; pref. in- in + root of candere to glow. See Candle.]

  1. To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn. [Obs.]

    Twelve Trojan princes wait on thee, and labor to incense Thy glorious heap of funeral.

  2. To inflame with anger; to enrage; to endkindle; to fire; to incite; to provoke; to heat; to madden.

    The people are incensed him.

    Syn: To enrage; exasperate; provoke; anger; irritate; heat; fire; instigate.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., from Old French encens "sweet-smelling substance," from Late Latin incensum (nominative incensus) "burnt incense," literally "something burnt," neuter past participle of Latin incendere "set on fire" (see incendiary).


"make angry," early 15c., from Middle French incenser, from Latin incensare, frequentative of Latin incendere "set on fire" (see incendiary). A figurative use of the word used literally in incense (n.). Related: Incensed.


"to offer incense, perfume with incense," c.1300, from Old French encenser, from encens (see incense (n.)).


n. A perfume used in the rites of various religions. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To anger or infuriate. 2 (context archaic English) To incite, stimulate. 3 (context transitive English) To offer incense to. 4 (context transitive English) To perfume with, or as with, incense. 5 (context obsolete English) To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn.

  1. n. a substance that produces a fragrant odor when burned

  2. the pleasing scent produced when incense is burned; "incense filled the room"

  1. v. perfume especially with a censer [syn: cense, thurify]

  2. make furious [syn: infuriate, exasperate]


Incense is aromatic biotic material which releases fragrant smoke when burned. The term refers to the material itself, rather than to the aroma that it produces. Incense is used for a variety of purposes, including the ceremonies of religion, to overcome bad smells, repel insects, spirituality, aromatherapy, meditation, and for simple pleasure.

Incense is composed of aromatic plant materials, often combined with essential oils. The forms taken by incense differ with the underlying culture, and have changed with advances in technology and increasing diversity in the reasons for burning it. Incense can generally be separated into two main types: "indirect-burning" and "direct-burning". Indirect-burning incense (or "non-combustible incense") is not capable of burning on its own, and requires a separate heat source. Direct-burning incense (or "combustible incense") is lit directly by a flame and then fanned or blown out, leaving a glowing ember that smoulders and releases fragrance. Direct-burning incense is either a paste formed around a bamboo stick, or a paste that is extruded into a stick or cone shape.

Usage examples of "incense".

Galen led the way out of the room into the hall where the mosaic floor and plastered walls presented colored temple scenes--priests burning incense at the shrine of Aesculapius, the sick and maimed arriving and the cured departing, giving praise.

Whilst the numerous spectators, crowned with garlands, perfumed with incense, purified with the blood of victims, and surrounded with the altars and statues of their tutelar deities, resigned themselves to the enjoyment of pleasures, which they considered as an essential part of their religious worship, they recollected that the Christians alone abhorred the gods of mankind, and by their absence and melancholy on these solemn festivals, seemed to insult or to lament the public felicity.

The scoundrel answered that his words had certainly not been heard rightly, and the incensed landlord slapped the book in his face with such force that he sent him rolling, almost stunned, against the wall.

At the turning of the katun, the time comes for fasting and drinking balche, for cleansing the sacred books, for dancing on stilts and burning incense.

The grass was beflowered with open blossoms, incense sweet as myrrh pervaded upland and forest, birds sang on the mountain top, and all gave thanks to the great God.

In the meantime our author, who is a person of unbridled passion where his art is in question, becomes incensed with her performance and makes scenes and everybody except her Uncle Bennington retires into corners and tears pieces of their hair out.

While Tamara went into the forest to gather wildflowers for the blue vase that stood in the meditation room, he set out the candelabra and burned incense, the marvellously pungent buddhi sticks that cleansed the air of positive ions, dirt, noxious chemicals, or any sort of gaseous pollution.

King Chaac was before them, showing where the incense should be placed.

Priests, not merely of the Thousand Temples but from every Cult, representing every Aspect of God, had clambered from the beaches or wound down from the hills to take their place in the Holy War, singing hymns, clashing cymbals, making the air bitter with incense and the noise of adulation.

Merry was further incensed when Jefferson again insisted on escorting Dolley to the table.

Miss Dunstable mysteriously hinted, that if she were only allowed her full swing on this occasion,--if all the world would now indulge her, she would--She did not quite say what she would do, but the inference drawn by Mrs Gresham was this: that if the incense now offered on the altar of Fashion were accepted, Miss Dunstable would at once abandon the pomp and vanities of this wicked world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh.

Then the litanies of the ritual were unfolded, the invocation to all the Saints, the flight of the Kyrie Eleison, calling Heaven to the aid of miserable humanity, mounting each time with great outbursts, like the fume of incense.

This action on the part of the United States authorities deeply incensed the Fenian leaders, and they were disposed to resent any interference with their plans.

Simpson roared away on the organ, the smell of assorted greengrocery rising like some humble incense.

Mrs Simpson roared away on the organ, the smell of assorted greengrocery rising like some humble incense.