- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)n. flame, blaze, conflagration, holocaust; enthusiasm, verve. —v. t. kindle, ignite; shoot, detonate; inspire, arouse; dismiss, discharge. See heat, propulsion, excitement, fuel, vigor, ejection.II(Roget's IV) n.1. [Visible oxidation]Syn. flame, conflagration, burning, blaze, campfire, pyre, bonfire, brush fire, signal fire, incandescence, devouring element, sparks, heat, glow, warmth, luminosity, combustion, flare, flare-up, inferno, holocaust, wildfire, blazing fire, hearth, ignition, scintillation, phlogiston.2. [The discharge of orDNAnce]Syn. gunfire, shooting, firing, bombardment, volley, barrage, artillery attack, cannonade, cannonading, bombarding, rounds, explosion, shot, report, bombing, fusillade, sniping, mortar attack, salvo, shelling, blast, burst, shellburst, spray, discharge, detonation, drumfire, creeping barrage, artillery support, cross-fire, enfilade, broadside, curtain, curtain of fire, air support, air strike, firepower, antiaircraft fire, flak, ack-ack*; see also attack 1 .3. [Fiery temperament]Syn. dash, sparkle, verve, ardor; see enthusiasm 1 .• catch (on) fire,Syn. begin burning, ignite, flare up, burst into flame; see burn 1 .• go through fire and water,• light ( or [m1]• build) a fire under,• on fire,4. [Burning]Syn. flaming, blazing, fiery; see burning 1 .5. [Excited]• open fire,• play with fire*,• set fire to,• set the world on fire*,Syn. achieve, become famous, excel; see succeed 1 .• under fire,1. [To set on fire]2. [To shoot]Syn. discharge, shoot off, set off, hurl; see shoot 1 .3. [To dismiss]Syn. discharge, let go, oust, give the ax*; see dismiss 2 .4. [To animate]Syn. inspirit, inspire, arouse, inflame; see excite 1 , 2 .III(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)In.1. flame blaze, conflagration, inferno, flare, sparks, embers, combustion, wildfire, bonfire, holocaust. The symbol of civilization.''—Joseph Hertz. ''God's unfailing charity.''—John Oxenham. ''The most tolerable third party.''—Thoreau.WORD FIND• building that is a fire hazard: firetrap• causing fire: incendiary• door designed to withstand intense heat and flames: fire door• fear of fire: pyrophobia• firesetter with criminal intentions: arsonist, incendiary• firesetter with mental problems: pyromaniac, firebug• firesetting compulsion: pyromania• forecasting the future by peering into flames: pyromancy• god: Vulcan• intense, widespread fire caused by nuclear detonation: firestorm• strip of land cleared to stop fire spread: firebreak• wall designed to withstand intense heat and flames: fire wall• worshipper: pyrolater2. enthusiasm energy, drive, vigor, zeal, fervor, intensity, ardor, passion, verve, gusto, vehemence.3. gunfire round, barrage, shelling, salvo, fusillade, volley, strafing.ANT.: 2. apathy, indifference, dispassionIIv.1. shoot discharge, shell, pull the trigger, let off, detonate.2. rouse arouse, excite, inflame, spark, stir, incite, electrify, inspire, quicken, galvanize.3. discharge from duties *pink slip, lay off, dismiss, *give walking papers, *can, *show the door, *axe, *let go, give notice, *sack.ANT.: 1. ceasefire. 2. dampen, discourage. 3. hireIV(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. The visible signs of combustion: blaze1, conflagration, flame, flare-up. See HOT. 2. Powerful, intense emotion: ardor, fervency, fervor, passion. See FEELINGS. 3. Passionate devotion to or interest in a cause or subject, for example: ardor, enthusiasm, fervor, passion, zeal, zealousness. See CONCERN, FEELINGS. 4. Exceptional brightness and clarity, as of a cut and polished stone: brilliance, brilliancy, luminosity, radiance. See LIGHT. 5. Liveliness and vivacity of imagination: brilliance, brilliancy, genius, inspiration. See GOOD. II verb 1. To cause to burn or undergo combustion: enkindle, ignite, kindle, light1. Slang: torch. Idioms: set afire (or on fire), set fire to. See HOT, START. 2. To arouse the emotions of; make ardent: animate, enkindle, impassion, inspire, kindle, stir1. See EXCITE. 3. To discharge a gun or firearm: shoot. Idiom: take a shot at. See ACTION. 4. To release or cause to release energy suddenly and violently, especially with a loud noise: blast, blow1 (up), burst, detonate, explode, fulminate, go off, touch off. See EXPLOSION. 5. To launch with great force: hurtle, loose, project, propel, shoot. Idiom: let fly. See MOVE. 6. Informal. To send through the air with a motion of the hand or arm: cast, dart, dash, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, launch, pitch, shoot, shy2, sling, throw, toss. See MOVE. 7. Informal. To end the employment or service of: cashier, discharge, dismiss, drop, release, terminate. Informal: ax, pink-slip. Slang: boot1, bounce, can, sack1. Idioms: give someone his or her walking papers, give someone the ax, give someone the gate, give someone the pink slip, let go, show someone the door. See KEEP.
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