- 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
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Examples from the Web for inflame
But given their anti-government rhetoric, the Oath Keepers' presence could inflame tensions further.The Oath Keepers Patrol Rooftops in Ferguson—The Facts Behind This ‘Mysterious’ Militia Group
December 1, 2014
Ferguson, Mo., had returned to a state of wary unease but early morning looting is likely to inflame things.Looting, Clashes Shatter Uneasy Calm
August 16, 2014
They simultaneously over-simplify and inflame a conflict that is already poorly understood.Is Twitter Trolling Making the Israel-Palestine Conflict Worse?
July 22, 2014
We don't want to release the movie if it is going to touch a nerve or inflame anybody's sensitivities.Tom Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher’ & More Ill-Timed Movies (VIDEO)
December 18, 2012
I did not write it to inflame—anybody actually reading it could see that.Buzz Bissinger on Being Savaged by the Liberal Media After Backing Mitt Romney
October 11, 2012
If it were poetry, "did it touch the heart, or inflame the imagination?"Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Pitt then deprecated the effort to inflame the insular pride of Irishmen.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
But there were more serious things to inflame the temper of the North.
They employed all their skill to inflame the passions of the majority.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Tonight be it your care to fascinate Josephas senses and inflame her heart.
- 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
Word Origin and History for inflame
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper