Exaggerate vs Inflame - What's the difference?

exaggerate | inflame |

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.


    * overexaggerate * overstate


    * (overstate) downplay, understate

    Derived terms

    * exaggeratedly * exaggeratingly * exaggerative * exaggeratively * exaggerativeness * exaggerator * exaggeratory




  • To set on fire; to kindle; to cause to burn, flame, or glow.
  • * Chapman
  • We should have made retreat / By light of the inflamed fleet.
  • (figuratively) To kindle or intensify, as passion or appetite; to excite to an excessive or unnatural action or heat.
  • to inflame desire
  • * Milton
  • more, it seems, inflamed with lust than rage
  • * Dryden
  • But, O inflame and fire our hearts.
  • To provoke to anger or rage; to exasperate; to irritate; to incense; to enrage.
  • * Shakespeare
  • It will inflame you; it will make you mad.
  • *, chapter=12
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=To Edward
  • To put in a state of inflammation; to produce morbid heat, congestion, or swelling, of.
  • to inflame the eyes by overwork
  • To exaggerate; to enlarge upon.
  • * Addison
  • A friend exaggerates a man's virtues, an enemy inflames his crimes.
  • *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.
  • Synonyms

    * provoke * fire * kindle * irritate * exasperate * incense * enrage * anger * excite * arouse