Cause inflammation in; "The repetitive motion inflamed her joint"
Catch fire; "The dried grass of the prairie kindled, spreading the flames for miles" [syn: kindle, inflame]
Cause to start burning; "The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds" [syn: kindle, enkindle, conflagrate, inflame]
Arouse or excite feelings and passions; "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor"; "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world"; "Wake old feelings of hatred" [syn: inflame, stir up, wake, ignite, heat, fire up]
Inflame \In*flame"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inflamed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Inflaming.] [OE. enflamen, OF. enflamer, F.
enflammer, L. inflammare, inflammatum; pref. in- in +
flammare to flame, fr. flamma flame. See Flame.]
1. To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or
We should have made retreat
By light of the inflamed fleet. --Chapman.
2. Fig.: To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to
excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat; as, to
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. (Med.) 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. [Obs.]
A friend exaggerates a man's virtues, an enemy
inflames his crimes. --Addison.