inflammable

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French inflammable, from Medieval Latin inflammabilis, from Latin inflammare (to set on fire), from in (in, on) + flamma (flame).

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: ĭnʹflăm-ə-bəl, IPA(key): /ɪnˈflæməbəl/

AdjectiveEdit

inflammable (comparative more inflammable, superlative most inflammable)

  1. Capable of burning; easily set on fire.
  2. (figuratively) Easily excited; set off by the slightest excuse; easily enraged or inflamed.

Usage notesEdit

  • Inflammable can be misinterpreted as an antonym of flammable and so taken to have the opposite meaning to that intended. Where such confusion might arise, especially where this may be a safety hazard, one may prefer to use flammable or another synonym.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Middle French inflammer +‎ -able, from Latin inflammabilis.

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AdjectiveEdit

inflammable (masculine and feminine, plural inflammables)

  1. flammable, inflammable

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Last modified on 21 April 2014, at 14:36