firebrand

[ fahyuhr-brand ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌbrænd /

noun

a piece of burning wood or other material.
a person who kindles strife or encourages unrest; an agitator; troublemaker.

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Origin of firebrand

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at fire, brand
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British Dictionary definitions for firebrand

firebrand
/ (ˈfaɪəˌbrænd) /

noun

a piece of burning or glowing wood or other material
a person who causes unrest or is very energetic
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