inflame

verb
in·​flame | \ in-ˈflām How to pronounce inflame (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
inflamed also enflamed; inflaming also enflaming

Definition of inflame

transitive verb

1a : to excite to excessive or uncontrollable action or feeling especially : to make angry
b : to make more heated or violent : intensify insults served only to inflame the feud
2 : to set on fire : kindle
3 : to cause to redden or grow hot from anger or excitement a face inflamed with passion
4 : to cause inflammation in (bodily tissue)

intransitive verb

1 : to burst into flame
2 : to become excited or angered
3 : to become affected with inflammation

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Other Words from inflame

inflamer noun

Examples of inflame in a Sentence

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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Prior to his departure, Smith inflamed the bad feelings between him and the front office by accusing the organization of tanking. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers, JR Smith agree to push back guarantee date on contract, giving team more time to search for trade," 29 June 2019 Instead of just breakouts here and there, my entire face was inflamed. Angely Mercado, Teen Vogue, "The Financial and Emotional Toll of Having Acne-Prone Skin," 27 June 2019 Tensions were further inflamed when Trump used an emergency declaration in May to sell the kingdom weapons that Congress had previously placed on hold. CBS News, "Senators hope to force vote on arms sales to Saudi Arabia," 9 June 2019 Those tensions were inflamed anew last week by the arrest of a senior executive at Huawei Technologies who was taken into custody in Canada. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bonds Fall as Risks Remain Unresolved," 10 Dec. 2018 Just last month, during the post-election unrest in Indonesia, a man deliberately spread a fake image on social media to inflame anti-Chinese sentiment among the public. Mona Kasra, The Conversation, "Identifying a fake picture online is harder than you might think," 24 June 2019 Lam’s paternalistic attitude only served to further inflame the public. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s “sincere” apology wasn’t sincere enough," 18 June 2019 Jytte Klausen, the author of The Cartoons That Shook the World (about the 2005 publication in Denmark of a dozen Muhammad drawings), has an answer: A drawing can inflame the mind in ways that words simply cannot. Sarah Boxer, The Atlantic, "Why Is Donald Trump So Hard to Caricature?," 10 Mar. 2018 Despite its resemblance to bacterial acne, fungal acne is actually caused by yeast (yes, a fungus) that inflames the hair follicles on your skin and causes pimple-like bumps. Sara Coughlin, SELF, "How to Know if You Have 'Fungal Acne'—and How to Treat it," 1 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of inflame

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for inflame

Middle English enflamen, from Anglo-French enflamer, from Latin inflammare, from in- + flamma flame

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inflame

verb

English Language Learners Definition of inflame

: 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

inflame

verb
in·​flame | \ in-ˈflām\
inflamed; inflaming

Kids Definition of inflame

1 : to make more active, excited, angry, or violent His words inflamed the crowd.
2 : to cause to redden or grow hot (as from anger)
3 : to make or become sore, red, and swollen The chemical can inflame the skin.

inflame

verb
in·​flame | \ in-ˈflām How to pronounce inflame (audio) \
inflamed; inflaming

Medical Definition of inflame

transitive verb

: to cause inflammation in (bodily tissue) inflame the sinuses

intransitive verb

: to become affected with inflammation

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