transitive verb-·flamed′, -·flam′ing
- to set on fire
- to arouse passion, desire, or violence in; excite intensely, as with anger
- to increase the intensity of (passion, desire, violence, etc.)
- to cause inflammation in (some organ or tissue)
Origin of inflameMiddle English enflamen from Old French enflammer from Classical Latin inflammare: see in- and flame
- to become roused, excited, stimulated, etc.
- to catch fire
- to become hot, feverish, swollen, red, sore, etc.
verbin·flamed, in·flam·ing, in·flames
- To arouse to passionate feeling or action: crimes that inflamed the entire community.
- To make more violent; intensify: “inflamed to madness an already savage nature” ( Robert Graves )
- a. To cause (the skin) to redden or grow hot, as from strong emotion or stimulants.b. To turn red or make glow: Great bonfires inflamed the night.
- To produce inflammation in (a tissue or organ).
- To set on fire; kindle.
- To become excited or aroused.
- To be affected by inflammation.
- To catch fire.
Origin of inflameMiddle English enflaumen from Old French enflammer from Latin īnflammāre in- intensive pref. ; see in- 2. flammāre to set on fire ( from flamma flame ; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.)
(third-person singular simple present inflames, present participle inflaming, simple past and past participle inflamed)
- To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow.
- (figuratively) To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat.
- to inflame desire
- To provoke to anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage.
- 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.
- To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed.