from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. On or as if on fire.
- adv. Keenly excited and interested.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. in flames, on fire, flaming, with flames coming from it
- adj. showing anger or contempt
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In flames; glowing with light or passion; ablaze.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- On fire; in or into flame; ablaze.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lighted up by or as by fire or flame
- adj. keenly excited (especially sexually) or indicating excitement
While "aflame" could have been a slur... it could also refer to the geek term "flame" which is when a person or company is bashed on a forum/blog/chatroom in a very harsh, mean way.
Maybe "aflame" seemed to contain a slur against gays, but that doesn't explain replacing the strong verb "caved" with the weak "given in."
Evening Standard, the financial district is "aflame" with the idea, being loudly repeated by well-informed "gossips."
If anyone dared to speak up in defense, a la Samantha, she risked being doused with Long Island and set aflame.
Washington did not resign when he returned because the frontier was aflame.
The assembly was about to meet, and the frontier was aflame.
For a lunch of classic fare, choose the sausage served aflame on a small grill at the table.
The Nazis then threw oil on the walls and set the building aflame.
By "quietly" I mean without gunfire in the streets and entire cities set aflame.
Jeremiah Lusby and Marlenah “Coehlo” Wolf get cozy beneath a hoop aflame in this amazing shot by Abject Photo.