conflagrate :

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  • v  cause to start burning
  • v  start to burn or burst into flames

  • Severe drought during the summer months caused a conflagration throughout the land of the Texas plains.
  • The utterances of the bureaucrat conflagrated the skirmish into a full fledged war.

  • P Chidambaram in Financial Express
    Unless we act fast for a global consensus on the price spiral, the social unrest induced by food prices in several countries will conflagrate into a global contagion, leaving no country, developed or otherwise, unscathed,Chidambaram told the...

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