Definition of firebrand in English:

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firebrand

Pronunciation: /ˈfī(ə)rˌbrand/

noun

1A person who is passionate about a particular cause, typically inciting change and taking radical action: a political firebrand
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
2A piece of burning wood.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: fire·brand

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