inflame

[in-fleym]

verb (used with object), in·flamed, in·flam·ing.

verb (used without object), in·flamed, in·flam·ing.


Also enflame.

Origin of inflame

1300–50; in-2 + flame; replacing Middle English enflammen < Middle French enflammer < Latin inflammāre to kindle
Related formsin·flam·ed·ness [in-fley-mid-nis] /ɪnˈfleɪ mɪd nɪs/, nounin·flam·er, nounin·flam·ing·ly, adverbre·in·flame, verb, re·in·flamed, re·in·flam·ing.un·in·flamed, adjective

Synonym study

1–3. See incite. 7. See kindle1.

Antonyms for inflame

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British Dictionary definitions for in flames

inflame

verb

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
Derived Formsinflamer, nouninflamingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for in flames

inflame

v.

mid-14c., "to set on fire with passion," from Latin inflammare "to set on fire, kindle," figuratively "to rouse, excite," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + flammare "to flame," from flamma "flame" (see flame (n.)). Literal sense of "to cause to burn" first recorded in English late 14c.

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