Origin of brimstone
Examples from the Web for brimstone
From Cyrus on, however, it was all, to borrow another Biblical allusion, fire and brimstone.Netanyahu Swims Against Iranian Diplomatic Current|Ali Gharib|October 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss brought the fire and brimstone this season, and for this, deserve the shiny hardware.Emmys 2013: What Show Should Win It All? Our Critics Debate|Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern|September 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Having never played a villain before, DiCaprio relishes in the opportunity, spewing fire and brimstone.Oscar Nominations Shockers: Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kathryn Bigelow & More|Marlow Stern|January 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The problem: Pawlenty comes off like a Good Samaritan at a time when the religious right wants fire and brimstone.
Burdock here interrupted the lady, by exclaiming, "Hang me if it isn't the woman in brimstone and blue!"Three Courses and a Dessert|Anonymous
The 'brother' of Mercury was sulphur or brimstone (see l. 1439).Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
And she vanished in a flash o' fire and brimstone, did she, maister?Wise Saws and Modern Instances, Volume II (of 2)|Thomas Cooper
Old Ingres was not very far wrong in saying that this great man's work reeks of fire and brimstone.The Revolt of the Angels|Anatole France
Give it brimstone and treacle and a cupful of wormwood and camomile.The Manxman|Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for brimstone
Word Origin for brimstone
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.