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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Examples from the Web for inflamed

Contemporary Examples of inflamed

Historical Examples of inflamed

  • The cabby turned at him his enormous and inflamed countenance truculently.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Roderic was inflamed with anger and disgust; but he had none, upon whom to wreak his revenge.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • But I am so wrought, so broken in body, so inflamed in spirit.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • It showed no signs of injury, although her eyes were red and inflamed.

    The Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

  • The inflamed Jake was oblivious to everything but his own purpose.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum


British Dictionary definitions for inflamed

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 inflamed

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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