• WordNet 3.6
    • n firebrand someone who deliberately foments trouble "she was the instigator of their quarrel"
    • n firebrand a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Firebrand A piece of burning wood.
    • Firebrand One who inflames factions, or causes contention and mischief; an incendiary.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n firebrand A piece of wood kindled or on fire; a piece of any burning substance.
    • n firebrand Hence That which or one who sets on fire, literally or figuratively; specifically, an incendiary, in any sense; especially, one who inflames factions, or causes contention and mischief.
    • n firebrand In heraldry, specifically, a torch. When ignited it is blazoned as firebrand inflamed. It is represented as a torch or as a pale or pallet raguly couped. In the latter case it is always inflamed at the top.
    • firebrand Of an incendiary nature.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Firebrand a brand or piece of wood on fire: one who inflames the passions of others
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fýr; Ger. feuer; Gr. pyr.


In literature:

The Hector come from out the fight in arms Achilles lost, The Hector that on Danaan decks the Phrygian firebrands tost.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
You're a firebrand on a mountain.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
The firebrand only seemed to infuriate the animal and he charged.
"Rodney, the Ranger" by John V. Lane
He was beginning to like this little firebrand.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
Go and hide yourself, firebrand!
"Angelot" by Eleanor Price
A fire was lit near; the hags lit their firebrands and advanced.
"Out on the Pampas" by G. A. Henty
Instantly the bundle that Whitney Barnes held awkwardly and painfully, as if it were a firebrand, emitted an anguished wail.
"Officer 666" by Barton W. Currie
And then there was the wild, busily dangerous life with Old Joe's Brigade, with that brigade of Missouri's young firebrands.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
His beard and his hair are white, and his eyes are like firebrands.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
This he does, illogically, because the King never ceased to persecute Bruce, whom he thought a firebrand.
"James VI and the Gowrie Mystery" by Andrew Lang
A guard of butchers escorted the firebrand to his trial at Westminster Hall, at which Queen Anne was present.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
He appears to have played the part of firebrand and makebate in the John Scott duel already referred to.
"A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)" by George Saintsbury
Your arm becomes a firebrand.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
This firebrand Totila must be trampled out, or an ocean of blood cannot extinguish him.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
She would almost rather live next to a talking machine than a firebrand.
"Molly Brown's Sophomore Days" by Nell Speed
In due time he had a glimpse of a black object circling past in the froth and spume, and he threw the firebrand at it.
"Stranded in Arcady" by Francis Lynde
Firebrands issue from his lips; scorpions leap out of his mouth.
"John the Baptist: A Play" by Hermann Sudermann
You, Spotted Dog; you, Firebrand; even you, Lone Wolf, would not have believed.
"The Westerners" by Stewart Edward White
They have often before placed a firebrand against a house they could not otherwise take.
"The German Pioneers" by Friedrich Spielhagen
Groups of men ran about, cheering and waving firebrands.
"Garrick's Pupil" by Auguston Filon

In poetry:

The voice of thunder shook the wood,
As ceased the more than mortal vell;
And, spattering foul, a shower of blood
Upon the hissing firebrands fell.
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

FIREBRAND The Life of Horace Liveright.
Indigo Imp Brewery, a production brewery in Cleveland, will release Firebrand, a Belgian-style India pale ale, exclusively at the Heinen's grocery chain during Cleveland Beer Week.
Firebrand, a Belgian-style India pale ale with 7.9 percent alcohol.
A firebrand of a 22-year-old white rapper from Cleveland, Richard "Machine Gun Kelly" Baker has journeyed from the Midwest rap underground to Bad Boy Records on the strength of his spirit, angst, and enthusiasm.
Councilman responds to firebrand moniker .
J amaica's government is honoring firebrand reggae star Peter Tosh 25 years after his murder.
Jamaica's government is honoring firebrand reggae star Peter Tosh 25 years after his murder.
Twenty-five years after his murder, Jamaica's government on Monday honored the contributions of firebrand reggae musician and songwriter Peter Tosh, one of the Caribbean island's musical giants.
For Penny S Pritzker, the 42-year-old firebrand who is carving out a leading role in her family's multibillion-dollar empire, this year should have been a time of triumph.
Firebrand Republican Rep Allen West was defeated by Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, according to the state's vote count Saturday, but the incumbent won't concede .
(AP) — Firebrand Republican Rep Allen West refused to concede Saturday after the state concluded that Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy held a lead beyond the margin needed for an automatic recount.
(AP) — Firebrand Republican Rep Allen West was defeated by Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy, according to the state's vote count Saturday, but the incumbent won't concede .
GOP firebrand West refuses to concede.
Remembering a fireman and firebrand, Mario Gallegos.
Now the even firebrands are saying he lit them.