(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. anger, excite, arouse; incite, animate, kindle; heat, blaze up; aggravate, provoke, irritate; redden, flush. See violence, excitement.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To irritate]
Syn. incense, aggravate, disturb, madden; see anger 1 , bother 2 .
2. [To arouse emotions]
Syn. incite, impassion, kindle, stir up; see excite 1 , incite .
3. [To cause physical soreness]
Syn. irritate, redden, chafe, congest, erupt, break into a rash, infect, swell, raise the temperature; see also hurt 4 , irritate 2 .
4. [To burn]
Syn. kindle, set on fire, torch; see burn 2 , ignite .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
fire, spark, ignite, agitate, excite, incite, impassion, fan the fire, aggravate, enrage, rile, intensify.
ANT.: dampen, extinguish
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To stir to action or feeling: egg on, excite, foment, galvanize, goad, impel, incite, inspire, instigate, motivate, move, pique, prick, prod, prompt, propel, provoke, set off, spur, stimulate, touch off, trigger, work up. See CAUSE, EXCITE. 2. To cause to become sore or inflamed: burn, irritate, sting. See HELP.

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