Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sulfur.
  • n. Damnation to hell.
  • n. Fiery or passionate rhetoric: "the great American evangelist of Yankee bargain-hunting, converting us . . . with the brimstone of his secular preaching” ( Rushworth M. Kidder).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Composed of or resembling brimstone; about or pertaining to Hell.
  • n. Sulphur.
  • n. The sulphur of Hell; Hell, damnation.
  • n. Used attributively as an intensifier in exclamations.
  • n. The butterfly Gonepteryx rhamni of the Pieridae family.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made of, or pertaining to, brimstone.
  • n. Sulphur; See sulphur.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Sulphur; specifically, sulphur in a concrete or solidified state, or reduced from that state: as, roll-brimstone; fluid brimstone.
  • n. The brimstone butterfly.
  • Of, pertaining to, or made of brimstone: as, brimstone matches.
  • Sulphur-yellow in color; resembling brimstone or sulphur in color; bright-yellow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an old name for sulfur

Etymologies

Middle English brimston, from Old English brynstān; see gwher- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English brimston, bremston, corrupted forms of brinston, brenston, bernston, from Old English brynstān ("brimstone", literally "burn-stone"), equivalent to brian +‎ stone, or burn +‎ stone. Cognate with Scots brunstane ("brimstone"), Icelandic brennisteinn ("sulfur, brimstone"), German Bernstein ("amber"). Compare also brimfire. More at burn, stone. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (the word brimstone or sulphur explains the character of the fire).

    Pulpit Pimps

  • This kind of fire and brimstone is usually reserved for authors who email attachments or mail CDs, things that show a lack of respect for the professional requirements of the magazine you’re submitting to.

    Rebel Tales «

  • I think I'm allergic to brimstone, which is weird, 'cause there's a lot of it.

    Are you there, God? It's me, Satan.

  • By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • But the fearful and unbelieving and the abominable and murderers and whoremongers and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, they shall have their portion in the pool burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Complete

  • Some people fancied the smell of the pitch and tar, and such other things as oil and rosin and brimstone, which is so much used by all trades relating to shipping, would preserve them.

    A Journal Of The Plague Year

  • It is only their way of making God responsible for it, -- not ourselves, -- and arranging the details of fire and brimstone, which is so monstrous.

    John Ward, Preacher

  • The resurrection and glorification of our Lord have given such a deathblow to Satan's power that, after awhile, the eyes of all heaven will see that old Serpent, the devil, and Satan cast into the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

    Life and Labors of Elder John Kline the Martyr Missionary

  • All LIARS shall have their part in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

    Catechism for the use of the Methodist missions : first part,

  • Consequently, the clergyman secured the addition to the Library of a good many old theological works which the physician would have called brimstone divinity, and held to be just the thing to kindle fires with, -- good books still for those who know how to use them, oftentimes as awful examples of the extreme of disorganization the whole moral system may undergo when a barbarous belief has strangled the natural human instincts.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

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