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See also: inflamé
From Middle English inflammen, enflamen, enflaumen, from Old French enflammer (“to inflame”), from Latin inflammō (“to kindle, set on fire”, verb), from in (“in, on”) + flamma (“flame”), equivalent to in- + flame.
- (transitive) To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow.
- (transitive, figurative) To kindle or intensify (a feeling, as passion or appetite); to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat.
- to inflame desire
- 1690, John Dryden, Creator Spirit! by whose aid
- But, O inflame and fire our hearts.
- 2017 August 25, "Arrest threat as Yingluck Shinawatra misses verdict", in aljazeera.com, Al Jazeera:
- The long-awaited verdict could inflame tension in the Southeast Asian country and have far-reaching implications in the politically divided kingdom.
- (transitive) To provoke (a person) to anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]:
- It will inflame you; it will make you mad.
- (transitive) To put in a state of inflammation; to produce morbid heat, congestion, or swelling, of.
- to inflame the eyes by overwork
- To exaggerate; to enlarge upon.
- 1712 June 18, Joseph Addison; Richard Steele, “SATURDAY, June 7, 1712 [Julian calendar]”, in The Spectator, number 359; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition […], volume Expression error: Unexpected < operator., New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, 1853, OCLC 191120697:
- A friend exaggerates a man's virtues, an enemy inflames his crimes.
- 1773, Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
- As you say, we passengers are to be taxed to pay all these fineries. I have often seen a good sideboard, or a marble chimney-piece, though not actually put in the bill, inflame a reckoning confoundedly.
- (intransitive) To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed.
to set on fire
to kindle or intensify
to provoke to anger or rage
to put in a state of inflammation
to grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful
- inflame in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- inflame in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
- Rhymes: -ami
- First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of inflamar
- Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of inflamar
- Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of inflamar
- Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of inflamar