a piece of burning wood or other material.
a person who kindles strife or encourages unrest; an agitator; troublemaker.

1175–1225; Middle English; see fire, brand Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
firebrand (ˈfaɪəˌbrænd)
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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Word Origin & History

probably late 13c., from fire + brand. Figurative sense of "one who kindles mischief or passions" is from late 14c.
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Bible Dictionary

Firebrand definition

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
One ruling-party firebrand talks of seizure without compensation.
The pans used for firebrand collection were filled with water.
New standards are being developed, aimed at mitigating firebrand penetration into building vents.
Fire ignited outside the perimeter of the main fire by a firebrand.
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