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4 definitions found for firebrand
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Firebrand \Fire"brand`\, n. 1. A piece of burning wood. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. One who inflames factions, or causes contention and mischief; an incendiary. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
firebrand n 1: a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning [syn: brand, firebrand] 2: someone who deliberately foments trouble; "she was the instigator of their quarrel" [syn: instigator, provoker, inciter, instigant, firebrand]From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
91 Moby Thesaurus words for "firebrand": Mafioso, Young Turk, agent provocateur, agitator, agitprop, beast, beldam, berserk, berserker, bomber, brand, brute, burning ember, butane lighter, catalyst, cigarette lighter, cinder, coal, demagogue, demon, devil, dragon, ember, exciter, fiend, fire-eater, flambeau, flint, flint and steel, fomenter, fury, goon, gorilla, gunsel, hardnose, hell-raiser, hellcat, hellhound, hellion, holy terror, hood, hoodlum, hothead, hotspur, igniter, incendiary, inciter, inflamer, instigator, killer, light, lighter, live coal, mad dog, madcap, mischief-maker, monster, mugger, portfire, provocateur, provoker, rabble-rouser, rapist, revolutionary, ringleader, rouser, savage, seditionary, seditionist, she-wolf, sparker, spill, spitfire, taper, termagant, terror, terrorist, tiger, tigress, torch, tough, tough guy, troublemaker, ugly customer, urger, violent, virago, vixen, wild beast, witch, wolfFrom Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :
Firebrand Isa. 7:4, Amos 4:11, Zech. 3:2, denotes the burnt end of a stick (Heb. 'ud); in Judg. 15:4, a lamp or torch, a flambeau (Heb. lappid); in Prov. 26:18 (comp. Eph. 6:16), burning darts or arrows (Heb. zikkim).