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Definition of Incense


  1. To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn.
  2. To inflame with anger; to endkindle; to fire; to incite; to provoke; to heat; to madden.
  3. To offer incense to. See Incense.
  4. To perfume with, or as with, incense.
  5. The perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when burned in celebrating religious rites or as an offering to some deity.
  6. The materials used for the purpose of producing a perfume when burned, as fragrant gums, spices, frankincense, etc.
  7. Also used figuratively.

Incense Quotations

No ashes are lighter than those of incense, and few things burn out sooner.
Walter Savage Landor

Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.
Lucinda Franks

You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion.
John Ruskin

I acknowledge the four elements. Water in the North; incense to recognize the air in the East; flowers for the earth in the South; a candle for light from the West. It helps me keep perspective.
Laura Esquivel

I'm in awe of the universe, but I don't necessarily believe there's an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic.
David Bowie
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Incense Translations

incense in Dutch is wierook
incense in German is Weihrauch, in Wut bringen
incense in Spanish is incienso
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