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Definition of "firebrand" []

  • A person who stirs up trouble or kindles a revolt. (noun)
  • A piece of burning wood. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "firebrand" in a sentence
  • "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?"