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firebrand Line breaks: fire|brand
Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪəbrand/

Definition of firebrand in English:


1A 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.
2A person who is very passionate about a particular cause: 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.
radical, revolutionary;
troublemaker, agitator, rabble-rouser, demagogue, soapbox orator, incendiary, subversive
informal tub-thumper

Words that rhyme with firebrand

Talleyrand • Krugerrand
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