An example of arson would be when a person sets their home on fire to collect the insurance.
Origin of arsonOld French ; from Late Latin arsio, fire ; from Classical Latin arsus, past participle of ardere, to burn: see ash
- The crime of intentionally and illegally setting fire to a building or other structure.
- An instance of this crime: a rash of arsons.
Origin of arsonAnglo-Norman, from Late Latin arsi&omacron;, arsi&omacron;n-, from Latin arsus, past participle of ard&emacron;re, to burn; see as- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural arsons)
arson - Legal Definition
- In common law, the willful and malicious burning of someone else’s dwelling house. In some states, the term includes, under specific circumstances, the burning of a dwelling house by its owner.
- Under modern statutes, the intentional causing of a dangerous fire or explosion for the purpose of destroying one’s own or another’s property.