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[brim-stohn] /ˈbrɪmˌstoʊn/
a virago; shrew.
Origin of brimstone
late Old English
before 1150; Middle English brinston, etc., late Old English brynstān. See burn1, stone
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brimstony, adjective Unabridged
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an obsolete name for sulphur
a common yellow butterfly, Gonepteryx rhamni, of N temperate regions of the Old World: family Pieridae
(archaic) a scolding nagging woman; virago
Word Origin
Old English brynstān; related to Old Norse brennistein; see burn1, stone
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Word Origin and History for brimstone

Old English brynstan, from brin- stem of brinnen "to burn" (see burn (v.)) + stan (see stone (n.)). In Middle English the first element also recorded as brem-, brom-, brum-, bren-, brin-, bron-, brun-, bern-, born-, burn-, burned-, and burnt-. Formerly "the mineral sulfur," now restricted to biblical usage.

The Lord reynede vpon Sodom and Gomor brenstoon and fier. [Wycliff's rendition (1382) of Gen. xix:24]
The Old Norse cognate compound brennusteinn meant "amber," as does German Bernstein.

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brimstone in the Bible

an inflammable mineral substance found in quantities on the shores of the Dead Sea. The cities of the plain were destroyed by a rain of fire and brimstone (Gen. 19:24, 25). In Isa. 34:9 allusion is made to the destruction of these cities. This word figuratively denotes destruction or punishment (Job 18:15; Isa. 30:33; 34:9; Ps. 11:6; Ezek. 38:22). It is used to express the idea of excruciating torment in Rev. 14:10; 19:20; 20:10.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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