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[uh-fleym] /əˈfleɪm/
on fire; ablaze:
The house was all aflame.
eager and excited:
I was aflame with curiosity.
Origin of aflame
First recorded in 1545-55; a-1 + flame Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • So these two, not yet aflame with drought, banished the arid phantom for a little while.

  • According to Miss Durham they are all aflame with the desire to form a nation.

  • And so his words, aflame from a pure and passionate heart, come with the intensity of prophetic power.

    The Life of Mazzini Bolton King
  • But he says that if they fire a shell, that is what is to be dreaded, for the gas, once aflame!

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • She had accepted the suggested kinship in childish acquiescence, but doubt was aflame now, once and for all.

    The Beloved Woman Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for aflame


adverb, adjective (postpositive)
in flames; ablaze
deeply aroused, as with passion: he was aflame with desire
(of the face) red or inflamed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aflame

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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