brim·​stone | \ ˈbrim-ˌstōn How to pronounce brimstone (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Or at least buy some digital subscriptions? :: In the late 1800s and early 1900s, while other newspapers still used unimaginative fire-and-brimstone metaphors to describe Mexican food, The Times was busy accomplishing firsts. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "For over 137 years, no newspaper has covered Mexican food better than the L.A. Times," 17 Sep. 2019 There is no fire, brimstone or solemn warnings about failing to heed God’s word. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Derek Carr nearly quit football for preacher’s life before rookie season with Raiders," 3 Sep. 2019 With his eyeballs bulging, Goggins practically yells Lemuel’s fire-and-brimstone sermons. Marella Gayla,, "In ‘Them That Follow,’ there will be blood," 7 Aug. 2019 Johnson was soft-spoken, not a fire-and-brimstone captain. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Greg Johnson, who played for Nashville Predators and three other NHL teams, dies at 48," 2 July 2019 Even the fire-and-brimstone preacher and the gay server were friends by the end. Sunset, "Your Biggest Thanksgiving Disasters, Shared," 22 Jan. 2018 In addition to Fountain, whose galvanizing singing soars and roars with fire-and-brimstone intensity, the Blind Boys boast equally gifted vocal dynamos in Jimmy Carter, George Scott and Johnny Fields. George Varga,, "Blind Boys' vocal legend Clarence Fountain, dead at 88, remembered in his own inimitable words," 6 June 2018 David Jadlocki, a pastor, gave a fire-and-brimstone sermon. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "The Prosperity Plea," 30 May 2018 Sadr’s communications team tweets out his latest edicts, which are more likely to contain anodyne pronouncements about political coalition building rather than fire-and-brimstone warnings against American meddling. Thanassis Cambanis,, "How did Iraq’s Moqtada al-Sadr become a statesman? People just got used to him," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of brimstone

12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brimstone

Middle English brinston, probably from birnen to burn + ston stone

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