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[fahyuh r-brand] /ˈfaɪərˌbrænd/
a piece of burning wood or other material.
a person who kindles strife or encourages unrest; an agitator; troublemaker.
Origin of firebrand
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at fire, brand Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The firebrand only seemed to infuriate the animal and he charged.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • So the hares were beaten with the firebrand till their ears were black as night.

    The Book of Nature Myths Florence Holbrook
  • He would not let go of the firebrand, but ran and ran till he could throw it to the frog.

    The Book of Nature Myths Florence Holbrook
  • All this time the firebrand was burning, and the frog was going to the pond as fast as he could.

    The Book of Nature Myths Florence Holbrook
  • Then the frog coughed, and out of his mouth came the firebrand.

    The Book of Nature Myths Florence Holbrook
British Dictionary definitions for firebrand


a piece of burning or glowing wood or other material
a person who causes unrest or is very energetic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for firebrand

c.1200, "piece of wood kindled at a fire," from fire (n.) + brand (n.). Figurative sense of "one who kindles mischief or passions" is from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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