Definition of incense verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they incense
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsens//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsens//
he / she / it incenses
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsensɪz//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsensɪz//
past simple incensed
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsenst//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsenst//
past participle incensed
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsenst//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsenst//
-ing form incensing
BrE BrE//ɪnˈsensɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsensɪŋ//
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BrE BrE//ɪnˈsens//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsens//
incense somebody to make somebody very angry The decision incensed the workforce. See related entries: Anger
Word Originverb late Middle English (in the general sense ‘inflame or excite someone with a strong feeling’): from Old French incenser, from Latin incendere ‘set fire to’.Extra examples He incensed people with the comments he made at the press conference. She was too incensed by what she had heard to answer. The decision incensed the entire workforce.
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