inflame

To inflame is to make feelings stronger, or stir them up. Reminding your grandfather about the time his car was stolen may just inflame his anger.

Getting a parking ticket might inflame your frustration, and when a city imposes a curfew it may inflame the community's feelings of resentment. Another way to inflame is more literal: to cause a physical condition that involves swelling, pain, and redness. Scratching your poison ivy rash will only inflame it in the long run, even if it briefly brings relief. Inflame is from the Latin inflammare, "set on fire" and "excite."

Definitions of inflame
  1. verb
    arouse or excite feelings and passions
    synonyms: fire up, heat, ignite, stir up, wake
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    types:
    ferment
    work up into agitation or excitement
    type of:
    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  2. verb
    cause inflammation in
    “The repetitive motion inflamed her joint”
  3. verb
    become inflamed; get sore
    “His throat inflamed
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    type of:
    decline, worsen
    grow worse
  4. verb
    catch fire
    synonyms: kindle
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    type of:
    flare up
    ignite quickly and suddenly, especially after having died down
  5. verb
    cause to start burning
    synonyms: conflagrate, enkindle, kindle
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    types:
    rekindle
    kindle anew, as of a fire
    type of:
    ignite, light
    cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat
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