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Definition of "inflame" []

  • To arouse to passionate feeling or action: crimes that inflamed the entire community. (verb-transitive)
  • To make more violent; intensify: "inflamed to madness an already savage nature” ( Robert Graves). (verb-transitive)
  • To cause (the skin) to redden or grow hot, as from strong emotion or stimulants. (verb-transitive)
  • To turn red or make glow: Great bonfires inflamed the night. (verb-transitive)
  • To produce inflammation in (a tissue or organ). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "inflame" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "Nashville would again inflame the minds of the people against England."
  • "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!"."