One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the play's impact inflames anti-Semitism’
incite, arouse, rouse, provoke, animate, stir up, work up, whip up, kindle, fire, ignite, touch off, foment, actuate, inspire
stimulate, agitate, spur on
2‘he made comments that inflamed what was already a sensitive situation’
aggravate, exacerbate, intensify, worsen, make worse, compound
add fuel to the flames, fan the flames, rub salt in the wound
3‘his opinions so inflamed his rival that they came to blows’
enrage, incense, anger, infuriate, exasperate, madden, send into a rage, provoke, antagonize, rile, gall
informal make someone see red, make someone's blood boil, drive crazy, drive mad
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