Definition of firebrand in English:


Syllabification: fire·brand
Pronunciation: /ˈfīrˌbrand


  • 1A person who is passionate about a particular cause, typically inciting change and taking radical action: a political firebrand
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    • Amongst our current crop of careerist politicians, we simply don't have enough firebrands with a passionate commitment to pursuing genuine social change.
    • There were activist firebrands getting into loud political conversations with people who just wanted to belt back drinks with parasols in them.
    • His late grandfather, George, and his late father, Andreas, were both populist Socialist firebrands who became prime ministers.
  • 2A piece of burning wood.
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    • In any case, it took a long time and a large number of men equipped with axes, swords, and firebrands to do such extensive damage that a whole community suffered economically.
    • Shadows flicked and he could hear the soft crackle of firebrands set into the walls around him, their soft light illuminating the brickwork and tapestries of the room.
    • He tied firebrands to the tails of 300 foxes to scare away his enemies.

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