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Definition of inflame:

  1. Fig.: To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat; as, to inflame desire.
  2. To exaggerate; to enlarge upon.
  3. To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed.
  4. To provoke to anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage.
  5. To put in a state of inflammation; to produce morbid heat, congestion, or swelling, of; as, to inflame the eyes by overwork.
  6. To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow.


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