Definition of inflame
- insults served only to inflame the feud
- a face inflamed with passion
His angry speech inflamed the mob.
ideas that inflame the imagination
His comments have inflamed an already tense situation.
inflaming the passions of the mob
a chemical that can inflame the skin
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
get one's goat, rub the wrong way;
: to cause (a person or group) to become angry or violent
: to make (something) more active, angry, or violent
: to cause (a part of your body) to grow sore, red, and swollen
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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