afire

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a- +‎ fire

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afire (comparative more afire, superlative most afire)

  1. On fire (often metaphorically).
    • c. 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I, Scene 2,[1]
      [] All but mariners
      Plunged in the foaming brine and quit the vessel,
      Then all afire with me: the king’s son, Ferdinand,
      With hair up-staring,—then like reeds, not hair,—
      Was the first man that leap’d; cried, ‘Hell is empty
      And all the devils are here.’
    • 1856, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh, New York: C.S. Francis & Co., 1857, Seventh Book, p. 275,[2]
      [] Earth’s crammed with heaven,
      And every common bush afire with God:
    • 1922, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Chessmen of Mars[3], HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2010:
      … if I were a young man I should doubtless be willing to set all Barsoom afire to win you,…
    • 1931, Nacio Herb Brown and Gordon Clifford, “Paradise” (song first sung by Pola Negri and later covered by Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra),
      Her eyes afire
      With one desire.
      Then a heavenly kiss:
      Could I resist?
    • 1950, Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast, London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, Chapter 63,
      Old claw-like hands, cracked with long years of thankless toil, would hold aloft a delicate bird of wood, its wings, as thin as paper, spread for flight, its breast afire with a crimson stain.

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