firebrand


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fire·brand

 (fīr′brănd′)
n.
1. A person who stirs up trouble or kindles a revolt.
2. A piece of burning wood.

firebrand

(ˈfaɪəˌbrænd)
n
1. a piece of burning or glowing wood or other material
2. a person who causes unrest or is very energetic

fire•brand

(ˈfaɪərˌbrænd)

n.
1. a piece of burning wood or other material.
2. a person who kindles strife or encourages unrest.
[1175–1225]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.firebrand - a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning
firewood - wood used for fuel; "they collected and cut their own firewood"
2.firebrand - someone who deliberately foments trouble; "she was the instigator of their quarrel"
ringleader - a person who leads (especially in illicit activities)
bad hat, mischief-maker, trouble maker, troublemaker, troubler - someone who deliberately stirs up trouble

firebrand

Translations

firebrand

[ˈfaɪəbrænd] N
1.tea f
2. (fig) → agitador(a) m/f, revoltoso/a m/f

firebrand

[ˈfaɪəˌbrænd] n (person) → agitatore/trice, sobillatore/trice
References in classic literature ?
At least," he said to himself, "I shall there have a firebrand of joy wherewith to warm myself, and I can sup on some crumbs of the three great armorial bearings of royal sugar which have been erected on the public refreshment-stall of the city.
The Danes, fierce and lawless, carrying sword and firebrand wherever they passed, leaving death and ruin in their track, surged over the land.
In order to maintain authority in her school, it became necessary to remove this rebel, this monster, this serpent, this firebrand; and hearing about this time that Sir Pitt Crawley's family was in want of a governess, she actually recommended Miss Sharp for the situation, firebrand and serpent as she was.
One of the men who remained near the chimney approached the window, a firebrand in his hand.
For a few minutes after the black hurled the firebrand no eyes appeared, though Tarzan could hear the soft padding of feet all about him.
Upon this, plucking up my courage, I took up a firebrand, and in I rushed again, with the stick flaming in my hand: I had not gone three steps in before I was almost as frightened as before; for I heard a very loud sigh, like that of a man in some pain, and it was followed by a broken noise, as of words half expressed, and then a deep sigh again.
Chingachgook very quietly resumed his seat; nor did he make any reply, until after he had examined the firebrand which had been struck by the bullet that had nearly proved fatal to himself.
Be off, you wretch, outside, and eat your supper there, or you shall be driven out with a firebrand.
These will give Hector son of Priam enough to do; fight as he may, he will find it hard to vanquish their indomitable fury, and fire the ships, unless the son of Saturn fling a firebrand upon them with his own hand.
She was appalled by what she had done in bringing this firebrand before her blessed Philomath Club.
One of the three, cursing and raging, told them they should see they were not in jest; and going to a little place at a distance, where the honest men had made a fire to dress their victuals, he takes a firebrand, and claps it to the outside of their hut, and set it on fire: indeed, it would have been all burned down in a few minutes if one of the two had not run to the fellow, thrust him away, and trod the fire out with his feet, and that not without some difficulty too.
Mike Scully was very much worried over the opportunity which his last deal gave to them--the stockyards Democrats were furious at the idea of a rich capitalist for their candidate, and while they were changing they might possibly conclude that a Socialist firebrand was preferable to a Republican bum.