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firebrand

noun

  1. (firewood)  a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning
    Synonyms: brand. Type of: firewood
  2. (troublemaker)  someone who deliberately foments trouble
    Synonyms: inciter, instigant, instigator, provoker. Type of: troublemaker

Etymology summary

Middle English fyrebrand, fürbrond, equivalent to fire + brand. Cognate with...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

firebrand

a piece of burning or glowing wood or other material | a person who causes unrest or is very energetic (19 of 454 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/firebrand

Wikipedia:

Firebrand [disambiguation]

several uses: A piece of burning wood (see wildfire characteristics) | A person with a penchant for militancy in speech and/or action | Blackburn Firebrand, an aircraft constructed for the Royal Navy | HMS Firebrand, any of several vessels that the... (38 of 198 words, 13 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

firebrand | agitator [synonym, sense-specific] | demagogue [synonym, sense-specific] | exciter [synonym, sense-specific] | fomenter [synonym, sense-specific] | incendiary [synonym, sense-specific] | inciter [synonym, sense-specific] | instigator [synonym, sense-specific] | kindler [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a piece of burning wood | one that creates unrest or strife (as in aggressively promoting a cause); "agitator" (18 of 112 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/firebrand

Macmillan British Dictionary:

firebrand [countable] | firebrands [plural]

someone who has strong feelings, especially about politics, and wants to change things or encourage other people to feel the same ; someone who has ... (25 of 58 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/firebrand

Oxford Dictionary:

firebrand

a piece of burning wood. | a person who is very passionate about a particular cause (15 of 34 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/firebrand

Wiktionary:

firebrand | firebrands [plural]

An argumentative troublemaker or revolutionary; one who agitates against the current situation. | A torch or other burning stick with a flame at one end. (24 of 32 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/firebrand

Random House Dictionary:

firebrand

a piece of burning wood or other material. | a person who kindles strife or encourages unrest; an agitator; troublemaker. (19 of 26 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/firebrand

Cambridge Dictionary:

firebrand

a person who causes political or social trouble by opposing authority and encouraging others to do so (17 of 22 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/firebrand

American Heritage Dictionary:

firebrand

A person who stirs up trouble or kindles a revolt. | A piece of burning wood. (15 of 18 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/firebrand

New World Dictionary:

firebrand

a piece of burning wood | a person who stirs up others to rebellion or strife (15 of 17 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/firebrand

Encarta Dictionary:

firebrand | firebrands [plural]

somebody with a strong or aggressive personality who encourages unrest | a burning stick carried by somebody as a torch or a weapon (22 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861611621​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

firebrand | firebrands [plural]

Origin: Middle English fyrebrand, fürbrond, equivalent to fire + brand. Cognate with German Feuerbrand ("firebrand").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/firebrand

Audio references

Wiktionary:

firebrand | firebrands [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "firebrand"

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Collins Dictionary:

firebrand

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "firebrand"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/firebrand

Macmillan British Dictionary:

firebrand [countable] | firebrands [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "firebrand"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/firebrand

Macmillan American Dictionary:

firebrand [countable] | firebrands [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "firebrand"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/firebrand

Cambridge Dictionary:

firebrand

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "firebrand"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "firebrand"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/firebrand

the Free Dictionary:

firebrand

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "firebrand"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "firebrand"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "firebrand" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

firebrand | firebrands [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "firebrand"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

firebrand

Audio: North American pronunciation of "firebrand"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=firebr​01 word=firebrand

YourDictionary Audio:

firebrand

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "firebrand" by speech synthesizer

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