• WordNet 3.6
    • v inflame become inflamed; get sore "His throat inflamed"
    • v inflame cause inflammation in "The repetitive motion inflamed her joint"
    • v inflame arouse or excite feelings and passions "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor","The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world","Wake old feelings of hatred"
    • v inflame cause to start burning "The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds"
    • v inflame catch fire "The dried grass of the prairie kindled, spreading the flames for miles"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inflame Fig.: To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat; as, to inflame desire. "Though more, it seems, Inflamed with lust than rage.""But, O inflame and fire our hearts."
    • Inflame To exaggerate; to enlarge upon. "A friend exaggerates a man's virtues, an enemy inflames his crimes."
    • v. i Inflame To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed.
    • Inflame To provoke to anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage. "It will inflame you; it will make you mad."
    • Inflame (Med) To put in a state of inflammation; to produce morbid heat, congestion, or swelling, of; as, to inflame the eyes by overwork.
    • Inflame To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow. "We should have made retreat
      By light of the inflamed fleet."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inflame To set on fire; kindle; cause to burn with a flame.
    • inflame 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.
    • inflame 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.
    • inflame To aggravate in amount; magnify; exaggerate.
    • inflame Synonyms To fire, arouse, nettle, incense, enrage.
    • inflame To take fire; burst into flame; glow with ardor of action or feeling.
    • inflame To become inflamed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Inflame in-flām′ to cause to flame: to cause to burn: to excite: to increase: to exasperate
    • v.i Inflame to become hot, painful, or angry
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  • Thomas Otway
    Thomas Otway
    “Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.”
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    “Genius is nothing more than inflamed enthusiasm.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. enflamen, OF. enflamer, F. enflammer, L. inflammare, inflammatum,; pref. in-, in + flammare, to flame, fr. flamma, flame. See Flame


In literature:

These fiery spirits were only the further inflamed when they felt such a weak hand on the reins.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
It was very red and inflamed and no one knew what was the matter with it.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
Then Surja Mukhi's blue eyes grew inflamed with anger, the crimson veins on her temples stood out.
"The Poison Tree" by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
If the lids of the eyes become inflamed and scaly, do not seek to remove the scales roughly, for they will bring the lashes with them.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
Her tenderness, her fidelity so inflamed my passion for her that I gave her a promise of marriage.
"Dialogues of the Dead" by Lord Lyttelton
If the stitches be cut, pus escapes, the wound gapes, and its surfaces are found to be inflamed and covered with pus.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Oppression and injustice only inflame the spirit of nationality.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
The heat of the inflamed part is not so great, when measured by the thermometer, as might be supposed from the patient's sensations.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
An old remedy for weak or inflamed eyes is an apple poultice.
"Food Remedies" by Florence Daniel
But it seems in any case certain that absence inflamed his passion instead of cooling it.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds

In poetry:

Inflamed with rage at sad restraint
Which wise mamma ordain'd,
And sorely vex'd to play the saint
Whilst wit and beauty reign'd.
"The Female Phaeton" by Matthew Prior
Count not his years while earth has need
Of souls that Heaven inflames
With sacred zeal to save, to lead,--
Long live our dear Saint James!
"To James Freeman Clarke" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
'Twas wine, made Noah shew his shame,
'Twas wine, did Lot with lust inflame,
'Twas wine, so many did undo,
'Twas wine, did Philip's son subdue.
"Advice Concerning Eating And Drinking" by Rees Prichard
Likewise, though ‘twixt us came the night
And private will did swallow,
Our dead love’s still-inflaming light
Within ourselves doth follow…
"Up To The Star (version three)" by Mihai Eminescu
The greatest kingdoms it has framed,
The oldest cities reared from dust,
Yet war's fierce torch has ne'er inflamed;
Happy are they who in it trust!
"Parables And Riddles" by Friedrich von Schiller
By every power, by heart and tongue,
By act and deed, Thy praise be sung;
Inflame with perfect love each sense,
That others’ souls may kindle thence.
"Come, Holy Ghost, With God the Son" by Augusta Treverorum

In news:

"TO STIR, INFORM AND INFLAME": Cartoons by Philadelphia Inquirer editorial cartoonist Tony Auth will be on view at the Michener Museum from June 2 through September 23.
Switzerland's ban on minarets is based on inflamed stereotypes that Islam is in conflict with Swiss values.
The setting of a trial date by Egypt, in addition to a campaign against NGOs in the state media, are likely to inflame a crisis that US officials have tried to solve through diplomacy.
The Yankees today placed starting pitcher Ivan Nova on the disabled list with an inflamed rotator cuff.
The Yankees today placed starting pitcher Ivan Nova on the disabled list with an inflamed rotator cuff .
Sciatica is a symptom that is caused when the sciatic nerve is injured or inflamed.
When they become infected, inflamed, or obstructed, you may experience headache.
And while sinus surgery can bring significant relief by clearing out inflamed tissue and nasal polyps, which are a common source of sinus blockages, the polyps often grow back.
The problem for doctors, there are many causes for inflamed sinuses , so it's hard to pinpoint which one.
When the tendon becomes inflamed, which is called tendonitis (tehn-dih-NYE-this), it can produce a covering of scar tissue.
Gaza flotilla deaths notwithstanding, government leaders in Turkey are inflaming regional tensions and undermining their own goals with their response to the Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound ships.
Description Tonsillitis , a common throat infection in which the tonsils become inflamed, can be either viral or bacterial and treated with antibiotics.
Some Music, It Turns Out, Inflames the Savage Breast.
The South African broadcasters say that the ads are "offensive," contain " xenophobic undertones," and "might further inflame an already sensitive situation".
Syrian Crisis Inflames Lebanon-Syria Tensions as Lebanese Blame Assad for Bomb.