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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. To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn.
  6. To inflame with anger; to endkindle; to fire; to incite; to provoke; to heat; to madden.
  7. To perfume with, or as with, incense.
  8. The perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when burned in celebrating religious rites or as an offering to some deity.
  9. The materials used for the purpose of producing a perfume when burned, as fragrant gums, spices, frankincense, etc.
  10. Also used figuratively.
  11. To enkindle or excite, as a passion; inflame with anger; provoke; irritate; to perfume with incense.
  12. Any material which gives off perfume when burned, especially olibanum, the frankincense of the Jews; any pleasant odor, as of flowers.
  13. To inflame with anger.
  14. Odor of spices burned in religious rites: the materials so burned.
  15. Perfume of burning aromatics; the aromatics themselves; perfume; fulsome praise.
  16. To inflame or incite to anger.
  17. To perfume with incense; burn incense.
  18. An aromatic substance that exhales perfume in burning.
  19. The odours of spices burned in religious rites; the materials burned for making perfume.
  20. To perfume with incense. See Incendiary.
  21. To inflame to violent anger.
  22. 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.
  23. To perfume with incense.
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Usage examples for incense

  1. 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
  2. His wayside fires were his altars, their smoke the incense to his gods. – Sundown Slim by Henry Hubert Knibbs
  3. 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
  4. 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
  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. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. You think of a clothes- press that hasn't been open for years, and, somehow, of incense. – Là-bas by J. K. Huysmans
  13. 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
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