- 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: ME enflamen < OFr enflammer < L inflammare: see in- & flame
- to become roused, excited, stimulated, etc.
- to catch fire
- to become hot, feverish, swollen, red, sore, etc.
- inflamer noun
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verb in·flamed, in·flam·ing, in·flames verb, transitive
- 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: Middle 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).
- in·flamˈer noun