I am looking for a Latin translation of the word arsonist. Having made translations in various machine translation software it all narrows to two choices. One is incendiarius and the other is incendarius. I know nothing about Latin, sorry. I am willing to use the word alone without any context, hopefully meaning the same as arsonist in English. Thanks in advance!

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You'll probably want to go with the former, incendiarius, as that is the Classically-attested word. It's actually an adjective, but it's used as a noun (meaning "arsonist") in Tacitus and Suetonius.

On the other hand, incendarius is a Medieval variant.

It might also be of interest for you that arsonist is a relatively recent coinage; the older word is incendiary.

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