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[uh-fahyuh r] /əˈfaɪər/
on fire:
to set a house afire.
aflame (def 2).
Origin of afire
1175-1225; Middle English; see a-1, fire Unabridged
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  • It vanished, but where it had been another light now burned, for the temple of Quetzal was afire.

    Montezuma's Daughter H. Rider Haggard
  • The Kasbah was afire; it had been burning since the banquet of the night before.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • Not a glance in his face disclosed passion, but his heart was afire.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • My little heart was afire at the humiliation put upon my mother.

  • Hands clutched at guns and clothing, and the women and children ran to the windows, sick for fear lest the fort be afire.

    The Wilderness Trail Frank Williams
  • His lungs were afire; it seemed that he must open them to the strangling water.

  • The Massachusetts Colony was afire with wrath because of the Lexington massacre.

British Dictionary definitions for afire


adverb, adjective (postpositive)
on fire; ablaze
intensely interested or passionate: he was afire with enthusiasm for the new plan
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Word Origin and History for afire

c.1200, afure, from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + fire (n.). Figurative use by late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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