adjective or adverb
\ ə-ˈflām How to pronounce aflame (audio) \

Definition of aflame

: afire

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Examples of aflame in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Demonstrators rocked a police van, set it ablaze, scrawled graffiti across its charred body and set it aflame again as officers retreated. Sudhin Thanawala, The Christian Science Monitor, "Violence amid protests of George Floyd's killing spur National Guard call-ups," 30 May 2020 Demonstrators rocked a police van, set it ablaze, scrawled graffiti across its charred body and set it aflame again as officers retreated. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "George Floyd protests live updates: Anger floods cities across the US; Pentagon could order military police to Minneapolis, report says," 30 May 2020 An overpass was completely aflame after a semi hauling fuel overturned in Indianapolis on Wednesday. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Indiana overpass engulfed in flames after tanker truck overturns," 20 Feb. 2020 While Washington was aflame Wednesday with some of the most dramatic testimony of the ongoing impeachment inquiry, President Trump was in Austin, Texas, taking credit for the launch of a Mac factory that opened three years before his election., "Secret Service paid Trump firms $250,000 in 5 months," 22 Nov. 2019 Instead of just the head of a fire running through trees, the whole perimeter may be aflame. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Voracious spruce bark beetles are back in force in Southcentral Alaska," 10 June 2018 American participation in the agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions could soon end, adding to tensions in a Middle East that is already aflame (see article). The Economist, "Personnel changes leave fewer checks on Donald Trump’s impulses," 28 Mar. 2018 All of their horses were all evacuated preemptively — for fear that the dry hills nearby would soon be aflame — and the owners said none were hurt. Malika Andrews, New York Times, "With Sonoma Aflame, Racing to Get Prized Horses Out," 17 Oct. 2017 Athens was aflame with protests, including irate Greeks burning her in effigy, as Merkel became the face of fiscal austerity enforced in the euro area in return for bailouts that kept the currency union whole. Tony Czuczka,, "The Eight Places That You Hardly Knew Made Angela Merkel," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of aflame

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aflame

a- entry 1 + flame entry 1

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

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“Aflame.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aflame

: burning : on fire


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Kids Definition of aflame

: burning with flames

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