flashpoint - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/ˈflæʃˌpɔɪnt/
singularflashpoint
pluralflashpoints
  1. 1
    [countable] a place where violence is likely to develop
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a situation in which serious problems are likely to develop

      The situation has reached flashpoint.

  2. 2
    [countable] science the lowest temperature at which a gas from a liquid will burn in the air