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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adverb, adjective (postpositive)

in flames; ablaze
deeply aroused, as with passionhe was aflame with desire
(of the face) red or inflamed
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Word Origin and History for aflame

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

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