- to kindle or excite (passions, desires, etc.).
- to arouse to a high degree of passion or feeling: His harangue inflamed the rabble.
- to incite or rouse, as to violence: His words inflamed the angry mob to riot.
- (of an emotion, as rage) to cause to redden or grow heated: Uncontrollable rage inflamed his face.
- to cause inflammation in: Her eyes were inflamed with crying.
- to raise (the blood, bodily tissue, etc.) to a morbid or feverish heat.
- to set aflame, ablaze, or afire; set on fire.
- to redden with or as with flames: The setting sun inflames the sky.
- to burst into flame; take fire.
- to be kindled, as passion.
- to become hot with passion, as the heart.
- to become excessively affected with inflammation.
Origin of inflame
2. cool, soothe.
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Examples from the Web for inflamed
We saw how such provocative actions only inflamed passions and escalated the unrest.Awaiting the Grand Jury, Dread in Ferguson and America
November 16, 2014
And that small concession by Abe inflamed critics in Japan, who called it “a losing strategy.”Beijing’s ‘Star Trek’ APEC Summit
November 11, 2014
An earache in a child with a perfectly normal exam is more difficult to figure out than one with a bulging and inflamed eardrum.DEA's Painkiller Crackdown Too Little, Too Late?
August 27, 2014
But will adding the real military defuse a situation many say has been inflamed by aggressive police?Can the National Guard Really Help Calm an Already Militarized Ferguson?
August 19, 2014
But no boundaries in the world are as inflamed as those between Israel and the Palestinian territories.War of Words Between Israel and UN Continues
August 10, 2014
The cabby turned at him his enormous and inflamed countenance truculently.The Secret Agent
Roderic was inflamed with anger and disgust; but he had none, upon whom to wreak his revenge.Imogen
But I am so wrought, so broken in body, so inflamed in spirit.The Book of Khalid
It showed no signs of injury, although her eyes were red and inflamed.The Film of Fear
The inflamed Jake was oblivious to everything but his own purpose.The Night Riders
- to arouse or become aroused to violent emotion
- (tr) to increase or intensify; aggravate
- to produce inflammation in (a tissue, organ, or part) or (of a tissue, etc) to become inflamed
- to set or be set on fire; kindle
- (tr) to cause to redden
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Word Origin and History for inflamed
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