adjective or adverb

: afire

Examples of aflame in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This unquenchable curiosity, as Shravan underscores, is the kindling that sets creativity aflame. Kristen Lynch, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2023 Some of the local smoked mackerel, an octopus for the willful Italian, and another fish set aflame. Andrew Sean Greer, Travel + Leisure, 12 Aug. 2023 In the United States, news of the event set right-wing social media aflame. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2023 No one has to set the next two months aflame alone. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Aug. 2023 In a world aflame with protest, Latin America stands out as a raging ten-alarm fire. Moisés Naím, Foreign Affairs, 29 Oct. 2019 While lower Manhattan’s rupture and rejuvenation continue apace, Harlem is aflame, its potential renewal deferred. Walton Muyumba,, 13 July 2023 The fighting reached a climax when the British and their allies besieged a Pequot fort and set it aflame, hunting down those who fled. Daniel Immerwahr, Harper's Magazine, 11 Oct. 2022 Some even incorporate items from Adelman’s studio, like ceramics, as well as aflame glass oil lamps. ELLE Decor, 18 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aflame was in the 15th century

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“Aflame.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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adjective or adverb
: afire

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