a piece of burning wood or other material.
a person who kindles strife or encourages unrest; an agitator; troublemaker.
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How to use firebrand in a sentence
Her father was a firebrand preacher from Morocco who served as an occasional visiting speaker at al-Quds, and whose visits to Hamburg had inspired him to serve as a matchmaker between his daughter and future son-in-law.In the shadow of the towers: Five lives and a world transformed | Joby Warrick, Souad Mekhennet | September 2, 2021 | Washington Post
In the country’s 2019 national elections, the EFF, led by the firebrand Julius Malema, saw its vote share increase sharply while the ANC and the Democratic Alliance, the principal opposition party, lost votes.
As a young firebrand, Zapata had proposed an economic plan that was breathtaking in its simplicity.Along the border, echoes of revolution and Pancho Villa | Matthew Simpson | July 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Greenwald purportedly told people that his friend and fellow firebrand, the writer Matt Taibbi, was earning more than $1 million a year on Substack, easily twice Greenwald’s Intercept salary.Glenn Greenwald may have quit the Intercept, but he can’t quit the feud | Paul Farhi | May 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Mehta had spent a decade breaking stories and writing firebrand columns for the Daily News.A divisive Jets reporter, accused of bullying, loses his place on the beat | Ben Strauss | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
In a 2009 profile of the right-wing firebrand, The New Yorker called Savage “a heretic among heretics.”
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 | Asawin Suebsaeng | November 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.
She was the third-wave feminism firebrand, famous and lauded.From ISIS to Ebola, What Has Made Naomi Wolf So Paranoid? | Michael Moynihan | October 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
How otherwise could the name of mother-in-law, on the stage and in divers domestic circles, have become a synonym for firebrand?Sword and Gown | George A. Lawrence
He was a firebrand, infinitely more dangerous and incendiary than any Abolitionist whom he denounced.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XII | John Lord
Always in my dreams it reached its climax when that living firebrand went tearing off into the thickets.Those Times And These | Irvin S. Cobb
If he was Siegfried the gay, she was Chriemhild the grim; and as likely to prove a firebrand as the girl in the ballad.The Saint's Tragedy | Charles Kingsley
She would almost rather live next to a talking machine than a firebrand.Molly Brown's Sophomore Days | Nell Speed
British Dictionary definitions for firebrand
a piece of burning or glowing wood or other material
a person who causes unrest or is very energetic
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