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Definitions of incense

  1. perfume esp. with a censer
  2. make furious
  3. the pleasing scent produced when incense is burned; " incense filled the room"
  4. a substance that produces a fragrant odor when burned
  5. perfume especially with a censer
  6. To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn.
  7. To inflame with anger; to endkindle; to fire; to incite; to provoke; to heat; to madden.
  8. To offer incense to. See Incense.
  9. To perfume with, or as with, incense.
  10. The perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when burned in celebrating religious rites or as an offering to some deity.
  11. The materials used for the purpose of producing a perfume when burned, as fragrant gums, spices, frankincense, etc.
  12. Also used figuratively.
  13. To enkindle or excite, as a passion; inflame with anger; provoke; irritate; to perfume with incense.
  14. Any material which gives off perfume when burned, especially olibanum, the frankincense of the Jews; any pleasant odor, as of flowers.
  15. To inflame with anger.
  16. Odor of spices burned in religious rites: the materials so burned.
  17. Perfume of burning aromatics; the aromatics themselves; perfume; fulsome praise.
  18. To inflame or incite to anger.
  19. To perfume with incense; burn incense.
  20. An aromatic substance that exhales perfume in burning.
  21. The odours of spices burned in religious rites; the materials burned for making perfume.
  22. To perfume with incense. See Incendiary.
  23. To inflame to violent anger.
  24. The odours arising from certain spices, gums, & c., when thrown on fire, used in religious rites; the materials so burned; the worship of prayer and praise.
  25. To perfume with incense.
  26. To inflame with anger; to provoke; to exasperate.
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Usage examples for incense

  1. Nowadays the incense from pipes and cigars and cigarettes curls freely round these obsolete notices and helps to make them still dingier. – The Social History of Smoking by G. L. Apperson
  2. Thou didst first incense me against him- his blood be upon thy head!" – The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
  3. His wayside fires were his altars, their smoke the incense to his gods. – Sundown Slim by Henry Hubert Knibbs
  4. Through that emotional spring Glenowen sniffed the incense of more masses than he had thought to attend in a lifetime. – Barbara Ladd by Charles G. D. Roberts
  5. The chief luxury it seemed to allow itself was incense, of which Alix disliked the smell. – Non-combatants and Others by Rose Macaulay
  6. How beautiful to keep This treasure the All- merciful hath given; To feel, when we awake or when we sleep, Its incense round us like a breath from heaven. – Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul by Various
  7. Meanwhile the incense is being constantly swung before Pius, so that the clouds of homage conceal the abyss to which he is drawing on the Church. – Letters From Rome on the Council by Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger
  8. They, too, burn incense to their drag. – The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus by G. A. Chadwick
  9. Then I say: " Next time I give him little money and make big smoke with incense," and he say, " Yuki, you very good girl." – Little Sister Snow by Frances Little
  10. The fragrance of the flowers in the little enclosure was like the incense in a church, above our heads the great pines formed a canopy of green, and the music was furnished by the birds and the murmuring sea. – The New Frontiers of Freedom from the Alps to the Ægean by Edward Alexander Powell
  11. Yet, if he opened one of those letters he knew there would ascend from it a cloud of subtle incense, which would ... – The Romance of Zion Chapel [3d ed.] by Richard Le Gallienne
  12. There were, it is true, no incense and no victims: something more in harmony with the title of Christian King was necessary. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  13. Artless little affairs outlined in the catechism, pervaded by the fragrance of incense. – Marie Bashkirtseff (From Childhood to Girlhood) by Marie Bashkirtseff
  14. Each priest carried a candle, then two other men came carrying incense. – My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915 by Monica M. Stanley
  15. High mass had just concluded and had left an odor of incense and poor people between the arched aisles. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  16. My gracious and princely cousin, he said at length, this proffer is indeed sweet incense to a father's pride. – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  17. How people can do two things at once I am sure I cannot understand; and while the maid brought in the large wooden bowl, the steam of whose household incense rose high in the air, I watched impatient for the signal to begin. – On the Church Steps by Sarah C. Hallowell
  18. The Duke was so simple as to believe it, and, while the courtiers turned all into banter, he swore he would receive incense before me at the said church for the future. – The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete by Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz
  19. His mother might change her mind at the last moment; then Orsetti would change his mind, too, and burn incense on other altars. – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  20. You think of a clothes- press that hasn't been open for years, and, somehow, of incense. – Là-bas by J. K. Huysmans
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