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

Definition of brimstone

: sulfur

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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 With Harry Dean Stanton, Amy Wright, Daniel Shor, Ned Beatty, and Huston himself as the hero's fire-and-brimstone grandfather. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Books / Crime / Film / Moviegoing / On Video / Television John Huston, FilmStruck's Director of the Week, had a way with actors," 23 May 2018 Through hell, fire, and brimstone, Glenn Jacobs captured last week’s Republican mayoral primary election in Knox County, Tennessee. Justin Barrasso,, "Kane on Winning Primary Election: ‘It Was Humbling That People Placed Their Faith and Trust in Me’," 10 May 2018 The tenderness of the central section (lovely solo clarinet playing from Stephen Williamson) stood in welcome relief against the surrounding symphonic hellfire-and-brimstone. John Von Rhein,, "Review: Muti, CSO draw convincing contrasts in music of Debussy and Tchaikovsky," 20 Apr. 2018 But what is notable is how this fire-and-brimstone approach is making its way into the party's mainstream. Author: Jonathan Martin, Anchorage Daily News, "Republicans stoke fear of Democratic push for impeachment for an edge in the 2018 midterm election," 9 Apr. 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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brim·​stone | \ ˈbrim-ˌstōn How to pronounce brimstone (audio) \

Medical Definition of brimstone

: sulfur

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