1. To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow. "We should have made retreat By light of the inflamed fleet." (Chapman)

2. To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat; as, to inflame desire. "Though more,it seems, Inflamed with lust than rage." (Milton) "But, O inflame and fire our hearts." (Dryden)

3. To provoke to anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage. "It will inflame you; it will make you mad." (Shak)

4. <medicine> To put in a state of inflammation; to produce morbid heat, congestion, or swelling, of; as, to inflame the eyes by overwork.

5. To exaggerate; to enlarge upon. " A friend exaggerates a man's virtues, an enemy inflames his crimes." (Addison)

Synonyms: To provoke, fire, kindle, irritate, exasperate, incense, enrage, anger, excite, arouse.

Origin: OE. Enflamen, OF. Enflamer, F. Enflammer, L. Inflammare,inflammatum; pref.in- in + flammare to flame, fr.flamma flame. See Flame.

(01 Mar 1998)

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