fire and brimstone


: the torments suffered by sinners in hell
fire-and-brimstone adjective

Examples of fire and brimstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The British starlet unloads fire and brimstone in an emotional delivery that will be cited as one of her most commanding scenes. Clayton Davis, Variety, 27 Sep. 2023 The last time Pat saw Ron, there was none of the fire and brimstone of his more combative moments. Max Olesker, Longreads, 13 July 2023 The Biden administration should bolster public media in order to provide more sober alternatives to the fire and brimstone of cable news. Nina Jankowicz, Foreign Affairs, 19 Nov. 2020 To most effectively promote a moral lifestyle, however, religious leaders may want to scrap the heavenly reassurance and preach more fire and brimstone: While belief in hell is strongly associated with lower crime rates, belief in heaven is actually tied to more crime. Sophie Bushwick, Discover Magazine, 25 June 2012 Climate change means fire and brimstone forever. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2021 Last year at Orlando and then at Dallas, these speakers spoke in voices full of fire and brimstone. Laura Jedeed, The New Republic, 4 Mar. 2023 Soon, Chuck’s preaching at Calvary Chapel is less fire and brimstone and more peace and love, with a rock band, Love Song, to boot. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2023 While initial associations with apocalypse conjure images of fire and brimstone, the word in Greek actually means disclosure, an intimate act of telling. Dallas News, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fire and brimstone was in the 14th century

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“Fire and brimstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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