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[fahyuh r-brand] /ˈfaɪərˌbrænd/
a piece of burning wood or other material.
a person who kindles strife or encourages unrest; an agitator; troublemaker.
Origin of firebrand
1175-1225; Middle English; see fire, brand Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Fire ignited outside the perimeter of the main fire by a firebrand.
British Dictionary definitions for firebrand


a piece of burning or glowing wood or other material
a person who causes unrest or is very energetic
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Word Origin and History for firebrand

c.1200, "piece of wood kindled at a fire," from fire (n.) + brand (n.). Figurative sense of "one who kindles mischief or passions" is from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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firebrand in the Bible

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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