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inflammatory Line breaks: in|flam¦ma|tory
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈflamət(ə)ri/

Definition of inflammatory in English:


1Relating to or causing inflammation of a part of the body: inflammatory cells inflammatory diseases
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  • 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.
causing inflammation, causing swelling;
technical erythrogenic
2(Especially of speech or writing) arousing or intended to arouse angry or violent feelings: inflammatory remarks
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  • 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.
provocative, provoking, inflaming, incendiary, inciting, agitating, stirring, rousing, instigative, fomenting;
like a red rag to a bull;
rabble-rousing, demagogic, hate-mongering, seditious, mutinous, revolutionary, rebellious, insurgent, anarchic;
fiery, passionate, emotional, emotive;
controversial, contentious

Words that rhyme with inflammatory

amatory, declamatory, defamatory, exclamatory, proclamatory
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