Definition of Incense

1. Noun. A substance that produces a fragrant odor when burned.

Generic synonyms: Chemical Compound, Compound
Specialized synonyms: Joss Stick
Terms within: Stacte

2. Verb. Perfume especially with a censer.
Exact synonyms: Cense, Thurify
Generic synonyms: Odorize, Odourise, Scent
Derivative terms: Thus

3. Noun. The pleasing scent produced when incense is burned. "Incense filled the room"
Generic synonyms: Aroma, Fragrance, Perfume, Scent

4. Verb. Make furious. "The performance is likely to incense Sue"
Exact synonyms: Exasperate, Infuriate
Generic synonyms: Anger
Derivative terms: Exasperation, Exasperation, Fury, Fury, Infuriation

Definition of Incense

1. v. t. To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn.

2. v. t. To offer incense to. See Incense.

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

Definition of Incense

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

2. Verb. (transitive) To anger or infuriate. ¹

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Definition of Incense

1. to make angry [v -CENSED, -CENSING, -CENSES] - See also: angry

Medical Definition of Incense

1. 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 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. Origin: OE. Encens, F. Encens, L. Incensum, fr. Incensus, p. P. Of incendere to burn. See Incense to inflame. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Incense

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incense wood

Literary usage of Incense

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"More particular procedure with the incense is not reported. The directions are equally brief in respect to incense in the sanctuary (Ex. xxx. 7 sqq. ..."

2. Dictionary of the Bible: Comprising Its Antiquities, Biography, Geography by William Robertson Smith (1896)
"incense. The incense employed in the service of the tabernacle was compounded of ... All incense which was not made of these ingredients was forbidden to be ..."

3. The Englishman's Hebrew and Chaldee Concordance of the Old Testament by George V. Wigram (1866)
"8. defiled the high places where the priests Aad burned incense, ... hace burned incense untiĀ» all the host 29. they hare afferra incense unto Baal, 21. ..."

4. A Popular Account of the Ancient Egyptians by John Gardner Wilkinson (1854)
"incense was presented to all the gods, and introduced on every grand occasion ... incense was also presented alone, though more usually accompanied by a ..."

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