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firebrand

[fahyuh r-brand]
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noun
  1. a piece of burning wood or other material.
  2. 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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  • 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

firebrand

noun
  1. a piece of burning or glowing wood or other material
  2. a person who causes unrest or is very energetic
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Word Origin and History for firebrand

n.

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.

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