I am looking for a synonym of incendiary, which means:

causing or having the potential to cause a fire

I cannot seem to find a synonym for this definition of the word, because most of the synonyms of the word relate to causing trouble or damage, but none are related to causing a fire.

Example: Incendiary weapons were used to burn down the building.

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    Are pyrogenic and inflammable not suitable? I echo chasly: context is everything. – deadrat Oct 23 '15 at 23:30
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    @chaslyfromUK Yeah, inflammable isn't quite right. Inflammable things aren't themselves the cause of their burning. Inflammatory, though, means being provocative or causing tissue inflammation. – deadrat Oct 23 '15 at 23:55
  • @deadrat - pyrogenic refers to heat generation, what doesn't mean that there is ignition or fire. – Graffito Oct 24 '15 at 0:44
  • @Graffito No, per the OED fire or heat, depending the circumstance of use. The latter for geological uses, for example. After all, the words comes to us from the Greek word for fire, πυρ. It's not ideal, since it's medical use means fever-inducing, but it's hard to know what to suggest when the OP doesn't like the most apt word. – deadrat Oct 24 '15 at 0:57
  • @deadrat - in the OED sense, a pyrogenic material has been produced by heat or combustion and was not the cause of the fire. However, I was also surprised that, according to dictionaries, pyrogenic (what I understand well as a cause of fire) don't really reflect its etymology. – Graffito Oct 24 '15 at 10:09

Consider, flamethrowing.

: throwing out flames; a flamethrowing tank English Wiktionary




able to catch fire and burn easily.

"highly combustible paint thinner"

synonyms: inflammable, flammable, incendiary, ignitable

"piles of combustible material"

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    I am sorry for any confusion with my question. You are correct, this answer would be incorrect according to my question. – JohnDoe Oct 23 '15 at 23:54
  • How was his question incorrect?? @chaslyfromUK – Michael Rader Oct 23 '15 at 23:55
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    If combustible means able to catch fire and burn easily, then it is not capable of causing fire, but rather only able to catch fire. – JohnDoe Oct 24 '15 at 0:14
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    Combustible: able to catch fire and burn easily; Incendiary: causing or having the potential to cause a fire – JohnDoe Oct 24 '15 at 0:21
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    Something that is incendiary can cause something that is combustible to catch fire, but something that is combustible cannot cause fire by itself. – JohnDoe Oct 24 '15 at 0:23

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