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  1. on fire; ablaze: The house was all aflame.
  2. eager and excited: I was aflame with curiosity.
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Origin of aflame

First recorded in 1545–55; a-1 + flame
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adverb, adjective (postpositive)
  1. in flames; ablaze
  2. deeply aroused, as with passionhe was aflame with desire
  3. (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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