inflammable

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French inflammable, from Medieval Latin īnflammābilis, from Latin īnflammāre (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.
    Synonyms: combustible, flammable
    Antonyms: fireproof, incombustible, non-flammable
  2. (figuratively) Easily excited; set off by the slightest excuse; easily enraged or inflamed.
    Synonyms: hot-headed, quick to anger
    Antonyms: level-headed, unflappable

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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NounEdit

inflammable (plural inflammables)

  1. Any inflammable substance.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French inflammer +‎ -able, from Latin īnflammābilis.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

inflammable (plural inflammables)

  1. flammable, inflammable
    Antonym: ininflammable

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