inflammatory

adjective
in·​flam·​ma·​to·​ry | \ in-ˈfla-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce inflammatory (audio) \

Definition of inflammatory

1 : tending to excite anger, disorder, or tumult : seditious
2 : tending to inflame or excite the senses
3 : accompanied by or tending to cause inflammation

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Other Words from inflammatory

inflammatorily \ in-​ˌfla-​mə-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce inflammatory (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of inflammatory in a Sentence

She had an acute inflammatory reaction to the drug. He incited the mob with an inflammatory speech.
Recent Examples on the Web This is not the first time Shull has drawn backlash for his inflammatory comments. oregonlive, 21 Sep. 2021 Like soldiers who kill their comrades with friendly fire, a hyperactive immune system can cause collateral damage, triggering an inflammatory cascade that tramples not just viruses, but also healthy cells throughout the body. Liz Szabo, CNN, 19 Sep. 2021 Like soldiers who kill their comrades with friendly fire, a hyperactive immune system can cause collateral damage, triggering an inflammatory cascade that tramples not just viruses, but also healthy cells throughout the body. Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, 19 Sep. 2021 Specialized treatments range from an Anti-inflammatory coffee ritual to Tata Harper facials. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 That’s counterintuitive in a time where politics is scorned as a divisive and inflammatory form of cultural theater, a little like professional wrestling but not as harmless. Marshall Ingwerson, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Sep. 2021 Other former administration officials strongly disagree with such inflammatory language. Jill Colvin, ajc, 15 Sep. 2021 Other former administration officials strongly disagree with such inflammatory language. Jill Colvin, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2021 Any vaccine, like the flu vaccine, can cause myocarditis and inflammatory reactions, Rangaswamy. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 15 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of inflammatory

circa 1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inflammatory was circa 1711

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“Inflammatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inflammatory. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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inflammatory

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inflammatory

: causing or having inflammation
: causing anger

inflammatory

adjective
in·​flam·​ma·​to·​ry | \ in-ˈfla-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce inflammatory (audio) \

Kids Definition of inflammatory

1 : tending to excite anger or disorder an inflammatory speech
2 : causing or having inflammation an inflammatory disease

inflammatory

adjective
in·​flam·​ma·​to·​ry | \ in-ˈflam-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce inflammatory (audio) \

Medical Definition of inflammatory

: accompanied by or tending to cause inflammation inflammatory diseases

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inflammatory

noun
in·​flam·​ma·​to·​ry | \ in-ˈfla-mə-ˌtōr-ē \

Legal Definition of inflammatory

: tending to cause anger, animosity, or indignation the use of an alias by a defendant is…almost always inflammatory— F. D. Doucette

Note: Evidence, and especially photographic evidence, may be deemed inadmissible if its inflammatory nature seriously outweighs its probative value or relevance. The mere fact that evidence is graphic or gruesome, however, is not enough to render it inadmissible.

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