Exaggerate vs Inflame - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between exaggerate and inflame
is that exaggerate
is to overstate, to describe more than is fact while inflame
is to set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow.
To overstate, to describe more than is fact.
- I've told you a billion times not to exaggerate !
- He said he'd slept with hundreds of girls, but I know he's exaggerating . The real number is about ten.
* (overstate) downplay, understate
To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow.
(figuratively) To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat.
- We should have made retreat / By light of the inflamed fleet.
- to inflame desire
- more, it seems, inflamed with lust than rage
To provoke to anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage.
- But, O inflame and fire our hearts.
- It will inflame you; it will make you mad.
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=To Edward
To put in a state of inflammation; to produce morbid heat, congestion, or swelling, of.
To exaggerate; to enlarge upon.
- to inflame the eyes by overwork
*1773 , (Oliver Goldsmith),
*:As you say, we passengers are to be taxed to pay all these fineries. I have often seen a good sideboard, or a marble chimney-piece, though not actually put in the bill, inflame a reckoning confoundedly.
To grow morbidly hot, congested, or painful; to become angry or incensed.
- A friend exaggerates a man's virtues, an enemy inflames his crimes.