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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Recent Examples on the Web The move could inflame a national debate over the law, which has been spurred by numerous conservative complaints that tech platforms are systematically biased against right-wing views. Brian Fung, CNN, "FCC chairman says he'll seek to regulate social media under Trump's executive order," 15 Oct. 2020 Carrillo, according to court documents, allegedly posted about his desire to inflame protests happening near the Oakland courthouse ahead of his ambush of the security guard. Anchorage Daily News, "Michigan kidnapping plot, like so many extremist crimes, was foreshadowed on social media," 9 Oct. 2020 Carrillo, according to court documents, allegedly posted about his desire to inflame protests happening near the Oakland courthouse ahead of his ambush of the security guard. Washington Post, "Michigan kidnapping plot, like so many other extremist crimes, foreshadowed on social media," 8 Oct. 2020 But, in the final weeks of the campaign, the Supreme Court vacancy is threatening to inflame old divides. Star Tribune, "Progressives pledge to keep pushing Biden to expand court," 23 Sep. 2020 Even viruses that primarily affect the gut (like enteroviruses) or the respiratory system (like adenoviruses) can cause myocarditis in this way, when molecules produced at the site of infection travel through the bloodstream and inflame the heart. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Core Lesson of the COVID-19 Heart Debate," 21 Sep. 2020 Kaul had been among a group of state and local politicians who had asked the Republican president not to come to Kenosha, fearing his visit could inflame tensions in the city. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Joe Biden in Kenosha: Blake's attorney provides details of meeting between family and Bidens," 3 Sep. 2020 Two years ago, honoring a 2016 pledge, Trump moved the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, ignoring warnings from some critics that the move would inflame tensions with the Palestinians. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Pompeo compares Trump to Eisenhower as a leader who safeguards peace," 25 Aug. 2020 Some may argue it’s being used to inflame some of the issues going on now. Julie Anderson, sun-sentinel.com, "Here’s how the Sun Sentinel decided to show the lynching of Rubin Stacy," 11 Sep. 2020

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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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26 Oct 2020

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“Inflame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inflame. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for inflame

inflame

verb
How to pronounce inflame (audio)

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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