Definition of


  1. (verb, body) become inflamed; get sore
  2. (verb, body) cause inflammation in
  3. (verb, emotion) arouse or excite feelings and passions
    The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world
    Wake old feelings of hatred
  4. (verb, weather) cause to start burning
  5. (verb, weather) catch fire

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Inflame

  1. mid-14c., "to set on fire with passion," figurative use of L. inflammare "to set on fire, kindle," from in- "in" + flammare "to flame," from flamma "flame" (see flame). Literal sense of "to cause to burn" first recorded in English late 14c. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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