American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person who stirs up trouble or kindles a revolt.
- n. A piece of burning wood.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece of wood kindled or on fire; a piece of any burning substance.
- n. Hence That which or one who sets on fire, literally or figuratively; specifically, an incendiary, in any sense; especially, one who inflames factions, or causes contention and mischief.
- n. In heraldry, specifically, a torch. When ignited it is blazoned as firebrand inflamed. It is represented as a torch or as a pale or pallet raguly couped. In the latter case it is always inflamed at the top.
- Of an incendiary nature.
- n. An argumentative troublemaker or revolutionary; one who agitates against the current situation.
- n. A torch or other burning stick with a flame at one end.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A piece of burning wood.
- n. One who inflames factions, or causes contention and mischief; an incendiary.
- n. someone who deliberately foments trouble
- n. a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning
“Well, this peace-loving man of the cloth told about 3,000 of his radical -- sorry, "firebrand" -- followers last Friday to take up jihad, and then he announced that he ` s setting up his own Sharia court.”
“wild, natural, and alien" — "this rebel, this monster, this serpent, this firebrand" is never tame”
“Why is it OK for me to show what the media calls a firebrand radical cleric that is spewing hate against the West, but it somehow or another is controversial for me to show a Muslim denouncing that same cleric?”
“Perhaps this utter indifference to the firebrand is our national strength -- even though it comes from a too-sluggish imagination, a too great imperviousness to new dangers.”
“This man deserves to be called the firebrand of the age in which he lived.”
“I forced the doors, a firebrand was my guide, and among many evidences of blood and guilt, I found -- these!”
“For a man whose name is synonymous with the word firebrand, his elevation to the House of Lords after 40 years in the Commons was a remarkably low-key affair.”
“Never known as a firebrand, Ryan has been more introspective in his attempted political comeback after a 2002 loss for governor against Rod Blagojevich.”
“Uma Bharti, often referred to as a firebrand leader of the Saffron brigade, speaks to Zee News. com ` s Swati Chaturvedi on Kahiye Janab.”
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