aflame (adj.) 1550s, from a- "on" (see A- (Cf. a-) (1)) + FLAME (Cf. flame) (n.). Figurative use by 1856.

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  • aflame — /əˈfleɪm / (say uh flaym) adjective 1. on fire; ablaze: *A trooper named Johnson set the house all aflame / To burn those bold outlaws, it was a great shame. –anon, bush ballads, n.d. 2. inflamed; aroused; glowing: *his sun reddened face aflame… …   Australian-English dictionary

  • aflame — /euh flaym /, adj. 1. on fire; ablaze: The house was all aflame. 2. eager and excited: I was aflame with curiosity. [1545 55; A 1 + FLAME] * * * …   Universalium

  • aflame — a|flame [ ə fleım ] adjective never before noun LITERARY 1. ) on fire: Vandals set the building aflame. 2. ) showing strong emotion: He was aflame with anger and resentment …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • aflame — adjective (not before noun) literary 1 burning 2 very bright with colour or light (+ with): trees aflame with autumn leaves 3 filled with strong emotions or excitement aflame adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • aflame — adjective a) in flames, on fire, flaming, with flames coming from it She said nothing and simply stared at him, eyes aflame. b) showing anger or contempt See Also: afire …   Wiktionary

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