IMO, it means something stronger than just "get angry". Maybe rage (#2) would be more exact.
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Does this "burn" mean "get angry" or "feel emotion"? I think the former.
ex)On the surface, the Los Angeles riot seemed to be about the trial of four police officers. In 1991, a man with a video camera taped a group of four white police officers severely beating an African-American man, Rodney King. The police insisted that King had resisted arrest. However, after viewing the tape, which was played repeatedly on national television, many Americans found this story hard to swallow. In addition, the jury ruled that three of the officers were innocent of all charges. News of the verdict quickly spread, and Los Angeles burned. A look at the riots suggest that there was far more at work than simple anger over the King verdict.
Last edited by keannu; 17-Sep-2012 at 14:10.
On the limited material available, I would guess that it means that the rioters started fires in Los Angeles.
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.
Yes, rioters usually do. However considering the meaning of the sentence that follows, I don't think it's a statement to be taken literally.
Yes, there were riots and fires and looting after this verdict. It's literal burning.
Many of you said it's the literal meaning, not a figurative meaning like "getting furious", but to be sure, I added the missing parts, completing the whole writing for your possible other judgement.