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ablaze

[uh-bleyz] /əˈbleɪz/
adjective
1.
burning; on fire:
They set the logs ablaze.
2.
gleaming with bright lights, bold colors, etc.
3.
excited; eager; zealous; ardent.
4.
very angry.
Origin of ablaze
1800-1810
1800-10; a-1 + blaze1; compare Middle English on blase
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  • Power lines were down and an outlying storage shed was ablaze.

  • His face was ablaze with excitement as he turned to his companions.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • The hôtel of the Marquis de Fongereues was ablaze with lights.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • The Mohammedan world is ablaze with anger from end to end at the partition of Turkey.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • The Boulevard du Montparnasse was ablaze with flags and bunting, and processions were forming.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
British Dictionary definitions for ablaze

ablaze

/əˈbleɪz/
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
1.
on fire; burning
2.
brightly illuminated
3.
emotionally aroused
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Word Origin and History for ablaze
adv.

late 14c., from a "on" (see a- (1)) + blaze (n.).

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