inflame inflame  /ɪnf ˈleɪm/


  1. (v) cause inflammation in
  2. (v) catch fire
  3. (v) cause to start burning
  4. (v) arouse or excite feelings and passions
  5. (v) become inflamed; get sore


  1. Few parenting topics inflame emotions the way spanking does.
  2. American commanders in the city believe the covert Turkish team was meant to inflame these kind of tensions.
  3. And the publication of these photos is far more likely to inflame--and endanger--than inform or illuminate.


  • Mozambique police arrest top Renamo general, bus attacked

    By Marina Lopes (Reuters) - Suspected opposition Renamo guerrillas attacked a bus in central Mozambique on Friday, and police arrested a top Renamo general who threatened this week to 'paralyse' key transport routes in the southern African nation. The bus shooting, in which an elderly woman was wounded, and the detention of Renamo information chief Jeronimo Malagueta is likely to inflame ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "It smacks of tabloid journalism," Finchem said in a statement. "It was a naked attempt to inflame and keep alive an incident that was heading to an appropriate conclusion."
    on Jan 17, 2008 By: Tim Finchem Source:

  2. "The most direct consequence of releasing them, I believe, would be to further inflame anti-American opinion and to put our troops in greater danger," Obama told journalists on Wednesday. "Moreover, I fear the publication of these photos may...
    on May 14, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source:

  3. "As we move forward, the United States will hold both sides accountable for any statements or actions that inflame tensions or prejudice the outcome of talks, as this decision did," Biden said with Abbas.
    on Mar 10, 2010 By: Joe Biden Source: ABC News (blog)

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