incense


incense
The term is used of those woods and resins which give off a pleasant smell when burnt. Frankincense [[➝ frankincense]], or olibanum, is made from the resin of trees in southern Arabia. It was much used not only in pre-Christian pagan religions in sacrificial rites, but also in the tent of meeting (Exod. 40:27) and in the Temple, where it symbolized the offering of prayer (Ps. 141:2, Luke 1:10). The Christian Church was reluctant to burn incense in the first three centuries on account of its use in the cult of the Roman emperor; a token offering of it was demanded of Christians as evidence of their patriotism—which for the Church could only be apostasy. Later generations were less inhibited and noticed that incense had been offered to the infant Jesus (Matt. 2:11). In some Christian Churches persons and objects regarded as representing Christ were and still are censed in the Eucharist.

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  • Incense — • An aromatic substance which is obtained from certain resinous trees and largely employed for purposes of religious worship Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. incense     Incense   …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Incense — In cense, n. [OE. encens, F. encens, L. incensum, fr. incensus, p. p. of incendere to burn. See {Incense} to inflame.] [1913 Webster] 1. The perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when burned in celebrating religious rites or as an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Incense — In cense, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Incensed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Incensing}.] [LL. incensare: cf. F. encenser. See {Incense}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. To offer incense to. See {Incense}. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To perfume with, or as with,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incense — incense1 [in′sens΄] n. [ME encens < OFr < LL incensum, incense < neut. of L incensus, pp. of incendere, to kindle, inflame < in , in, on + candere, to burn, shine: see CANDESCENT] 1. any of various substances, as gums or resins,… …   English World dictionary

  • incense — Ⅰ. incense [1] ► NOUN ▪ a gum, spice, or other substance that is burned for the sweet smell it produces. ► VERB ▪ perfume with incense or a similar fragrance. ORIGIN Latin incensum something burnt, incense . Ⅱ. incense [2] …   English terms dictionary

  • Incense — In*cense , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Incensed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Incensing}.] [L. incensus, p. p. of incendere; pref. in in + root of candere to glow. See {Candle}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn. [Obs.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incense — I verb accendere, aggravate, agitate, anger, antagonize, arouse, arouse ire, arouse resentment, cause dislike, cause loathing, cause resentment, chafe, discompose, disquiet, embitter, embroil, enkindle, enrage, envenom, exacerbate, exasperate,… …   Law dictionary

  • incense — n redolence, *fragrance, perfume, bouquet Analogous words: odor, aroma, *smell incense vb enrage, infuriate, *anger, madden Analogous words: exasperate, irritate, rile, provoke, nettle, aggravate: *offend, outrage, affront, insult …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • incense — [n] strongly fragrant smoke aroma, balm, bouquet, burnt offering, essence, flame, frankincense, fuel, myrrh, odor, perfume, punk, redolence, scent, spice; concepts 599,600 incense [v] make very angry anger, ask for it*, bother, disgust, egg on*,… …   New thesaurus

  • Incense —    Incense is one of the Six Points of Ritual which it is claimed have always characterized the worship of the Christian Church. It was the practice of the Church of England up to the Reformation, and even after that was frequently used. It is… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Incense — Burning incense Incense (from Latin: incendere, to burn )[1] is composed of aromatic biotic materials, which release fragrant smoke when burned. The term incense refers to the substance itself, rather than to the odor that it produces. It is used …   Wikipedia


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