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inflammable

[in-flam-uh-buhl]
adjective
1.
capable of being set on fire; combustible; flammable.
2.
easily aroused or excited, as to passion or anger; irascible: an inflammable disposition.
noun
3.
something inflammable.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Medieval Latin inflammābilis, equivalent to Latin inflammā(re) to inflame + -bilis -ble

inflammability, inflammableness, noun
inflammably, adverb
noninflammability, noun
noninflammable, adjective
noninflammableness, noun
noninflammably, adverb
uninflammability, noun
uninflammable, adjective

inflammable, inflammatory.


2. fiery, volatile, choleric.


Inflammable and flammable both mean “combustible.” Inflammable is the older by about 200 years. Flammable now has certain technical uses, particularly as a warning on vehicles carrying combustible materials, because of a belief that some might interpret the intensive prefix in- of inflammable as a negative prefix and thus think the word means “noncombustible.” Inflammable is the word more usually used in nontechnical and figurative contexts: The speaker ignited the inflammable emotions of the crowd.
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inflammable (ɪnˈflæməbəl)
 
adj
1.  liable to catch fire; flammable
2.  readily aroused to anger or passion
 
n
3.  something that is liable to catch fire
 
 
inflamma'bility
 
n
 
in'flammableness
 
n
 
in'flammably
 
adv

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inflammable
"able to be set alight," c.1600; see inflame.
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