- 1Provoke or intensify (strong feelings, especially anger) in someone: high fines further inflamed public feelingsMore example sentences
incite, arouse, rouse, provoke, animate, stir up, work up, whip up, kindle, fire, ignite, touch off, foment, actuate, inspire; stimulate, agitate, spur onaggravate, exacerbate, intensify, worsen, make worse, compound; add fuel to the flames, fan the flames, rub salt in the woundenrage, incense, anger, infuriate, exasperate, madden, send into a rage, provoke, antagonize, rile, gall• rare empurplered, flushed, high-coloured, burning, flaming, florid
- The split that is inflaming the public mood is the one between insiders and outsiders.
- Deterrence and punishment are not rational options, and politicians who seek to inflame public feeling in these distressing cases are being forced to recognise this.
- The fall of New Orleans in April 1862, combined with the Federal threat against Mobile, inflamed public passions.
- 1.1Provoke (someone) to strong feelings: her sister was inflamed with jealousyMore example sentences
- He's inflamed her heart, but now he is rolling out of town.
- So that just inflamed me even further because first of all Pol will never do something like that and secondly it was definitely not anybody I knew.
- I am rarely inflamed to such an extent as I was this morning reading this news report.
- 1.2Make (a situation) worse: comments that inflame what is already a sensitive situationMore example sentences
- Instead, the minister's comments seem to have inflamed the situation.
- Usually, outside comments just serve to inflame the situation.
- And consistent with the policies that we have upheld in relation to hostages, we don't want to inflame the situation by needless and unnecessary comment.
- 2Cause inflammation in (a part of the body): the finger joints were inflamed with rheumatoid arthritis (as adjective inflamed) inflamed eyes and lipsMore example sentences
- When part of your body is inflamed, it is red, hot and sore.
- This is caused by infected and inflamed diverticula perforating or rupturing.
- The warnings state that Vitrase should not be used to reduce the swelling of bites, stings, and infected or inflamed areas because of the possibility of spreading a localized infection.
- 3 • literary Light up with or as if with flames: the torches inflame the night to the eastwardMore example sentences
- The shadow engulfed figure's face illuminated as he inflamed a lighter.
- Open your eyes, still heavy and inflamed by late night television and tears
- Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
Middle English enflaume, inflaume, from Old French enflammer, from Latin inflammare, from in- 'into' + flamma 'flame'.