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.
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firebrand

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

(ˈfaɪərˌbrænd)

n.
1. a piece of burning wood or other material.
2. a person who kindles strife or encourages unrest.
[1175–1225]
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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
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firebrand

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Translations

firebrand

[ˈfaɪəbrænd] N
1.tea f
2. (fig) → agitador(a) m/f, revoltoso/a m/f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

firebrand

[ˈfaɪəˌbrænd] n (person) → agitatore/trice, sobillatore/trice
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
"Stop a bit," said the dragoon, placing his saber like a spit upon the two large iron dogs which held the firebrands in the chimney, "stop a bit, I am in it.
There is no man more despised and disliked abroad, not only because he is a Jew and ill-bred, but because of his known sympathy with some of these anarchists who are perfect firebrands in Europe."
The rest of the pack was now up and surging upon him, and a throwing of firebrands right and left was necessary to drive them back to a respectful distance.
A triumph like a torchlight procession, with torchlights that might have been firebrands. The mutinies simmered down; the men of Somerset and the western counties came pouring into the market places; the men who died with Arthur and stood firm with Alfred.
"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."