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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ig-nee-uh s]
    • /ˈɪg ni əs/
    • /ˈɪɡ.ni.əs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ig-nee-uh s]
    • /ˈɪg ni əs/

Definitions of igneous word

  • adjective igneous Geology. produced under conditions involving intense heat, as rocks of volcanic origin or rocks crystallized from molten magma. 1
  • adjective igneous of, relating to, or characteristic of fire. 1
  • noun igneous (of rock) having solidified from lava or magma. 1
  • adjective igneous rock: produced by fire 1
  • adjective igneous In geology, igneous rocks are rocks that were once so hot that they were liquid. 0
  • adjective igneous (of rocks) derived by solidification of magma or molten lava emplaced on or below the earth's surface 0

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Origin of igneous

First appearance:

before 1655
One of the 46% oldest English words
1655-65; < Latin igneus, equivalent to ign(is) fire + -eus -eous

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Parts of speech for Igneous


igneous popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for igneous

adj igneous

  • red-hot — red with heat; very hot.
  • burning — You use burning to describe something that is extremely hot.
  • vehement — zealous; ardent; impassioned: a vehement defense; vehement enthusiasm.
  • impassioned — filled with intense feeling or passion; passionate; ardent.
  • combustible — A combustible material or gas catches fire and burns easily.

adjective igneous

  • excitable — Responding rather too readily to something new or stimulating; too easily excited.
  • agitable — easily agitated or moved
  • enthusiastic — Having or showing intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval.
  • solidified — to make solid; make into a hard or compact mass; change from a liquid or gaseous to a solid form.

Antonyms for igneous

adj igneous

  • passive — not reacting visibly to something that might be expected to produce manifestations of an emotion or feeling.
  • apathetic — If you describe someone as apathetic, you are criticizing them because they do not seem to be interested in or enthusiastic about doing anything.
  • indifferent — without interest or concern; not caring; apathetic: his indifferent attitude toward the suffering of others.
  • peaceful — characterized by peace; free from war, strife, commotion, violence, or disorder: a peaceful reign; a peaceful demonstration.
  • impassive — without emotion; apathetic; unmoved.

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