Definitions for: Inflame


[v] become inflamed; get sore; "His throat inflamed"
[v] cause inflammation in; "The repetitive motion inflamed her joint"
[v] arouse or excite feelings and passions; "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor"; "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world"; "Wake old feelings of hatred"
[v] cause to start burning; "The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds"
[v] catch fire; "The dried grass of the prairie kindled, spreading the flames for miles"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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 cause to burn, flame, or
glow.

We should have made retreat By light of the inflamed
fleet. --Chapman.

2. Fig.: To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to
excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat; as, to
inflame desire.

Though more,it seems, Inflamed with lust than rage.
--Milton.

But, O inflame and fire our hearts. --Dryden.

3. To provoke to anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate;
to incense; to enrage.

It will inflame you; it will make you mad. --Shak.

4. (Med.) To put in a state of inflammation; to produce
morbid heat, congestion, or swelling, of; as, to inflame
the eyes by overwork.

5. To exaggerate; to enlarge upon. [Obs.]

A friend exaggerates a man's virtues, an enemy
inflames his crimes. --Addison.

Syn: To provoke; fire; kindle; irritate; exasperate; incense;
enrage; anger; excite; arouse.


In*flame", v. i.
To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry
or incensed. --Wiseman.

Synonyms: conflagrate, enkindle, fire up, heat, ignite, kindle, stir up, wake

See Also: aggravate, arouse, decline, elicit, enkindle, evoke, exacerbate, exasperate, ferment, fire, flare up, ignite, kindle, light, provoke, raise, rekindle, worsen

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