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aflame

[uh-fleym] /əˈfleɪm/
adjective
1.
on fire; ablaze:
The house was all aflame.
2.
eager and excited:
I was aflame with curiosity.
Origin of aflame
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; a-1 + flame
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  • To be expected to follow other people's observances set her aflame.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • His face was aflame with joy, and he writhed and shook like one who hath a devil.

  • His laughter was gone, his face was aflame, and his voice rose to a shrill cry.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • But her face, which had been aflame, broke into tears again and her voice failed her.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • "Getting a divorce," I answered, firmly, for my heart was now aflame.

British Dictionary definitions for aflame

aflame

/əˈfleɪm/
adverb, adjective (postpositive)
1.
in flames; ablaze
2.
deeply aroused, as with passion: he was aflame with desire
3.
(of the face) red or inflamed
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Word Origin and History for aflame
adj.

1550s, from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + flame (n.). Figurative use by 1856.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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