Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Sulfur, especially considered as a component of the torments of hell in Christianity.
  • noun Damnation to hell.
  • noun Vehement or condemnatory rhetoric, especially rhetoric warning of the torments of hell for immoral behavior.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Sulphur; specifically, sulphur in a concrete or solidified state, or reduced from that state: as, roll-brimstone; fluid brimstone.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Sulphur; See sulphur.
  • adjective Made of, or pertaining to, brimstone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun an old name for sulfur

Etymologies

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

[Middle English brimston, from Old English brynstān; see gwher- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

Examples

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

    Pulpit Pimps

  • (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

  • 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.

    Villaraigosa And Nunez Cut And Run - Video Report

  • 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.

    Revelation 9.

  • 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

  • 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 The Challoner Revision

  • 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

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