Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To arouse to passionate feeling or action: crimes that inflamed the entire community.
  • transitive v. To make more violent; intensify: "inflamed to madness an already savage nature” ( Robert Graves).
  • transitive v. To cause (the skin) to redden or grow hot, as from strong emotion or stimulants.
  • transitive v. To turn red or make glow: Great bonfires inflamed the night.
  • transitive v. To produce inflammation in (a tissue or organ).
  • transitive v. To set on fire; kindle.
  • intransitive v. To become excited or aroused.
  • intransitive v. To be affected by inflammation.
  • intransitive v. To catch fire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow.
  • v. To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat; as, to inflame desire.
  • v. To provoke to anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage.
  • v. To put in a state of inflammation; to produce morbid heat, congestion, or swelling, of; as, to inflame the eyes by overwork.
  • v. To exaggerate; to enlarge upon.
  • v. To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed.
  • transitive v. To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow.
  • transitive v. Fig.: To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat.
  • transitive v. To provoke to anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage.
  • transitive v. To put in a state of inflammation; to produce morbid heat, congestion, or swelling, of.
  • transitive v. To exaggerate; to enlarge upon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set on fire; kindle; cause to burn with a flame.
  • To raise to an unnatural or morbid heat; make hot or red as if from flame; excite inflammation in: as, wine inflames the blood; the skin is inflamed by an eruption.
  • To excite to a high degree; stimulate to high or excessive action or emotion; exacerbate; make violent: as, to inflame the passions; to inflame the populace.
  • To aggravate in amount; magnify; exaggerate.
  • Synonyms To fire, arouse, nettle, incense, enrage.
  • To take fire; burst into flame; glow with ardor of action or feeling.
  • To become inflamed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become inflamed; get sore
  • v. catch fire
  • v. cause to start burning
  • v. arouse or excite feelings and passions
  • v. cause inflammation in

Etymologies

Middle English enflaumen, from Old French enflammer, from Latin īnflammāre : in-, intensive pref.; + flammāre, to set on fire (from flamma, flame).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English *enflammen, enflawmen, from Old French enflammer ("to inflame"), from Latin inflammō ("to kindle, set on fire", v), from in ("in, on") + flamma ("flame"), equivalent to in- +‎ flame. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The issues that Facebook faced the last few weeks of 2007 have seemed to resurrect - or perhaps, inflame is the better word - the issue of privacy.

    The problem with anonymous (part VII)

  • Nashville would again inflame the minds of the people against England.

    The Civil War in America.

  • An opener can also inflame, which is what Gil Scott-Heron does with his diatribe against Ronald Reagan: "Well the first thing I'd like to say is/Mandate my ass!".

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

  • But the corporation has kept the report under wraps amid claims it is frightened that it will 'inflame' Muslims around the world.

    Westergaard accuses BBC of appeasement....

  • BORGER: You know, neither of these candidates right now wants to do anything to kind of inflame the tensions that already exist between these two campaigns.

    CNN Transcript May 25, 2008

  • "Saddam monitored Milosevic's performance at The Hague and was very impressed with it," says former U.S. occupation spokesman Dan Senor, who worries that the trial will "inflame" Sunni insurgents in the short run.

    Reckoning in Iraq

  • Our age is too enlightened to contend upon topics which concern only the interests of eternity; the men who hold in proper contempt all controversies about trifles, except such as inflame their own passions, have made it a commonplace censure against your ancestors, that their zeal was enkindled by subjects of trivial importance; and that however aggrieved by the intolerance of others, they were alike intolerant themselves.

    The World's Best Orations, Vol. 1 (of 10)

  • Tensions between the two close allies escalated this month after Vice President Joe Biden claimed in a speech at Tel Aviv University that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's plans would "inflame" peace talks with Palestine.

    Raw Story

  • Up until about 30 years ago flammable substances were often described as inflammable (as in the word 'inflame') but this was dangerous as sometimes people thought that inflammable meant

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  • But the corporation has kept the report under wraps amid claims it is frightened that it will "inflame" Muslims around the world.

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