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explosive

adjective
 
 
/ɪkˈspləʊsɪv/
EQUIPMENT An explosive substance or piece of equipment can cause explosions: The explosive device was hidden in a suitcase. an explosive mixture of oil vapour and oxygenBombs and missilesDetonation and bombardment
SITUATION An explosive situation or subject causes strong feelings, and may make people angry or violent: a highly explosive political issueDangers and threatsCausing feelings of anger and displeasure
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