- tending to arouse anger, hostility, passion, etc.: inflammatory speeches.
- Pathology. of or caused by inflammation.
Origin of inflammatory
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1. fiery, incendiary, provocative.
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Examples from the Web for inflammatory
He has amassed an enormous back catalog of inflammatory comments on matters ranging from women to the “demonic” movie Avatar.Megachurch Star Mark Driscoll’s Publishing Downfall
June 30, 2014
Where then, does he offer any proof to such an inflammatory remark?Cynical Race-Baiting Will Fail to Save the Democrats
April 14, 2014
The thing is that autoimmune diseases—like diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and rheumatoid arthritis—are on the rise.New Research Shows Poorly Understood “Leaky Gut Syndrome” Is Real, May Be the Cause of Several Diseases
March 27, 2014
What better way to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. than with inflammatory language?NAACP Attacks Tim Scott
January 22, 2014
He says he knows the inflammatory language has to be temporary.The Masculine Mystique
R. Tod Kelly
October 20, 2013
They call them seditious and inflammatory, which was far from being their character.Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams.
The New York Herald was full of wild and inflammatory words.The Negro and the Nation
George S. Merriam
"The resolutions are inflammatory," objected the speaker, Mr. Robinson.From Farm House to the White House
William M. Thayer
The matter in those other libels may be of a more aggravated or inflammatory character than in that set out in the first count.
Almost every article produced the most inflammatory disputes.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.
- characterized by or caused by inflammation
- tending to arouse violence, strong emotion, etc
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Word Origin and History for inflammatory
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Characterized or caused by inflammation.
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