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 glow.
We should have made retreat
By light of the inflamed fleet.
2. Fig.: 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, Milton.
Inflamed with lust than rage.
But, O inflame and fire our
3. To provoke to anger or rage; to
exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage.
It will inflame you; it will make you
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.
A friend exaggerates a man's virtues, an enemy
inflames his crimes. Addison.
Syn. -- To provoke; fire; kindle; irritate; exasperate;
incense; enrage; anger; excite; arouse.
In*flame", v. i. To grow morbidly
hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed.