- a piece of burning wood or other material.
- a person who kindles strife or encourages unrest; an agitator; troublemaker.
Origin of firebrand
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Examples from the Web for firebrand
In it, the firebrand Republican senator from Texas is depicted as a kid-friendly “passionate fighter for limited government.”Ted Cruz saves America in This Right-Wing Coloring Book
November 13, 2014
The Texas firebrand made a name for himself by going after more moderate Republicans.
But with the 2016 presidential season on the horizon, the Texas firebrand has subtly changed his tune over the last six months.
But he seemed on first encounter to be very gray, more a forgettable clerk than a firebrand cleric.Why Pope Francis Wants to Declare Murdered Archbishop Romero a Saint
August 24, 2014
The firebrand union president, Karen Lewis, may run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel.Could Rahm Lose to This Infamous Union Leader?
July 3, 2014
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.
He would not let go of the firebrand, but ran and ran till he could throw it to the frog.
All this time the firebrand was burning, and the frog was going to the pond as fast as he could.
Then the frog coughed, and out of his mouth came the firebrand.
- a piece of burning or glowing wood or other material
- a person who causes unrest or is very energetic
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Word Origin and History for firebrand
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