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

  • adj. Arousing passion or strong emotion, especially anger, belligerence, or desire.
  • adj. Characterized or caused by inflammation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tending to inflame or provoke somebody.
  • adj. Causing or caused by inflammation.
  • n. Any material that causes inflammation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to inflame, kindle, or irritate.
  • adj. Tending to excite anger, animosity, tumult, or sedition; seditious.
  • adj. Accompanied with, or tending to cause, preternatural heat and excitement of arterial action.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to inflame, or to excite or produce inflammation: as, inflammatory medicines.
  • Of the nature of, or accompanied or caused by, the morbid condition called inflammation: as, inflammatory rheumatism.
  • Of, pertaining to, or indicative of inflammation, or an inflamed condition: as, inflammatory symptoms.
  • Tending to excite passion, desire, etc.; of a nature to rouse anger, animosity, tumult, sedition, etc.: as, an inflammatory harangue.

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

  • adj. characterized or caused by inflammation
  • adj. arousing to action or rebellion


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