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[fahyuh r-uh n-brim-stohn] /ˈfaɪər ənˈbrɪmˌstoʊn/
threatening punishment in the hereafter:
a fire-and-brimstone sermon.
Origin of fire-and-brimstone
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Why has not some one already written a fire-and-brimstone romance about them?

    Prose Idylls Charles Kingsley
  • A rain of fire-and-brimstone that falls alike upon the just and such of the unjust as have not procured shelter by evicting them.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Why don't the adherents of the fire-and-brimstone theory picture hell as a place where we can never act on impulse?

    The Rest Hollow Mystery Rebecca N. Porter
British Dictionary definitions for fire-and-brimstone


(of a sermon, preacher, etc) zealous, esp in threatening eternal damnation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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