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inflammatory

Syllabification: in·flam·ma·to·ry
Pronunciation: /inˈflaməˌtôrē
 
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Definition of inflammatory in English:

adjective

1Relating to or causing inflammation of a part of the body.
Example sentences
  • Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are idiopathic inflammatory disorders of unknown aetiology.
  • Fistulae may result from localized infection or indicate inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease in which your immune system attacks some of your own cells.
2(Especially of speech or writing) arousing or intended to arouse angry or violent feelings: inflammatory slogans
More example sentences
  • Some journalists have attacked the inflammatory speeches of some imams.
  • He was charged with making inflammatory speeches and inciting people to violence.
  • We can only speculate as to why Mr Townend chose to deliver his inflammatory speech when he did.

Words that rhyme with inflammatory

amatory, declamatory, defamatory, exclamatory, proclamatory

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