brimstone

[brim-stohn]
noun
2.
a virago; shrew.

Origin:
before 1150; Middle English brinston, etc., late Old English brynstān. See burn1, stone

brimstony, adjective
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brimstone (ˈbrɪmˌstəʊn)
 
n
1.  an obsolete name for sulphur
2.  a common yellow butterfly, Gonepteryx rhamni, of N temperate regions of the Old World: family Pieridae
3.  archaic a scolding nagging woman; virago
 
[Old English brynstān; related to Old Norse brennistein; see burn1, stone]

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brimstone
O.E. brynstan, from brin- stem of brinnen "to burn" + stan "stone." Formerly "sulphur," now restricted to biblical usage. The O.N. cognate brennusteinn meant "amber," as does Ger. Bernstein.
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Brimstone definition


an inflammable mineral substance found in quantities on the shores of the Dead Sea. The cities of the plain were destroyed by a rain of fire and brimstone (Gen. 19:24, 25). In Isa. 34:9 allusion is made to the destruction of these cities. This word figuratively denotes destruction or punishment (Job 18:15; Isa. 30:33; 34:9; Ps. 11:6; Ezek. 38:22). It is used to express the idea of excruciating torment in Rev. 14:10; 19:20; 20:10.

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Example sentences
After these tortures, he was put into the screw or press, and boiling pitch and
  brimstone were poured into his mouth.
The bounty upon gunpowder exported, a drawback duties of the duties upon
  brimstone and saltpetre imported.
Maybe because there are too many of them who feel they must match tactics with
  those invoking hellfire and brimstone.
In truth, the spate of bad press had the distinct odor of brimstone.
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