inflame

  • 1 Inflame — In*flame , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inflamed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inflaming}.] [OE. enflamen, OF. enflamer, F. enflammer, L. inflammare, inflammatum; pref. in in + flammare to flame, fr. flamma flame. See {Flame}.] 1. To set on fire; to kindle; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 inflame — I verb aggravate, agitate, anger, arouse, convulse, deflagrate, discompose, electrify, embitter, energize, enliven, enrage, envenom, exacerbate, exasperate, excite, foment, galvanize, goad, harass, ignite, impassion, incense, incite, infuriate,… …

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  • 3 Inflame — In*flame , v. i. To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed. Wiseman. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 inflame — (v.) mid 14c., to set on fire with passion, from L. inflammare to set on fire, kindle, figuratively to rouse, excite, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + flammare to flame, from flamma flame (see FLAME (Cf. flame)). Literal sense of …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 inflame — [v] anger, aggravate agitate, annoy, arouse, burn, disturb, embitter, enrage, exacerbate, exasperate, excite, fan, fire, fire up, foment, gall, get*, grate, heat, heat up, ignite, impassion, incense, increase, infuriate, intensify, intoxicate,… …

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  • 6 inflame — ► VERB 1) intensify or aggravate. 2) provoke (someone) to strong feelings. 3) cause inflammation in …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 inflame — [in flame′] vt. inflamed, inflaming [ME enflamen < OFr enflammer < L inflammare: see IN 1 & FLAME] 1. to set on fire 2. to arouse passion, desire, or violence in; excite intensely, as with anger 3. to increase the intensity of (passion,… …

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  • 8 inflame — UK [ɪnˈfleɪm] / US verb [transitive] Word forms inflame : present tense I/you/we/they inflame he/she/it inflames present participle inflaming past tense inflamed past participle inflamed 1) to make a situation worse by making people more angry or …

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  • 9 inflame — also enflame verb (inflamed; also enflamed; inflaming; also enflaming) Etymology: Middle English enflamen, from Anglo French enflamer, from Latin inflammare, from in + flamma flame Date: 14th century transitive verb 1 …

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  • 10 inflame — verb a) To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow. b) To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat; as, to inflame desire …

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  • 11 inflame — in·flame in flām vb, in·flamed; in·flam·ing vt to cause inflammation in (bodily tissue) <inflame the sinuses> vi to become affected with inflammation …

    Medical dictionary

  • 12 inflame — verb Inflame is used with these nouns as the object: ↑passion, ↑sentiment, ↑situation …

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  • 13 inflame — in|flame [ ın fleım ] verb transitive 1. ) to make a situation worse by making people more angry or excited: These remarks have only served to inflame an already dangerous situation. 2. ) LITERARY to make someone s feelings stronger, especially… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 inflame —    to induce lustful feelings in (another)    The firing is figurative:     She was the sort of woman who might be trusted not by one single word or sign, by glance of the eye or touch of the hand or tone of the voice, to inflame him unworthily …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 15 inflame — inflamedness /in flay mid nis/, n. inflamer, n. inflamingly, adv. /in flaym /, v., inflamed, inflaming. v.t. 1. to kindle or excite (passions, desires, etc.). 2. to arouse to a high degree of passion or feeling: His harangue inflamed the rabble.… …

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  • 16 inflame — Synonyms and related words: afflict, aggravate, agitate, agonize, ail, anger, animate, annoy, arouse, augment, awake, awaken, bank, bite, blow the coals, blow up, bristle, burn, burn up, call forth, call up, carmine, chafe, conflagrate, convulse …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 inflame — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. anger, excite, arouse; incite, animate, kindle; heat, blaze up; aggravate, provoke, irritate; redden, flush. See violence, excitement. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To irritate] Syn. incense, aggravate,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 inflame — in|flame [ınˈfleım] v [T] to make someone s feelings of anger, excitement etc much stronger ▪ The shooting inflamed ethnic tensions …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 inflame — [[t]ɪnfle͟ɪm[/t]] inflames, inflaming, inflamed VERB If something inflames a situation or inflames people s feelings, it makes people feel even more strongly about something. [JOURNALISM] [V n] The General holds the rebels responsible for… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 inflame — in·flame || ɪn fleɪm v. excite, incite, arouse, instigate; anger, enrage, irritate; redden, cause swelling in the body; light, set on fire; burst into flame; fill with passion …

    English contemporary dictionary