fire and brimstone

noun

Definition of fire and brimstone

: the torments suffered by sinners in hell

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fire-and-brimstone adjective

Examples of fire and brimstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After that, this hybrid man-bot is consigned — with no ambiguity whatsoever — to the fire and brimstone of the biblical underworld. Washington Post, "Disney spent the day reminding us of the truly bizarre films it made in the ’70s and ’80s," 14 Oct. 2019 According to community lore, the area got its name because of a forest fire in the days of fire and brimstone sermons. BostonGlobe.com, "Satan’s Kingdom is the unofficial name for the western half of the town of 3,000, which is separated from the rest of town by the Connecticut River.," 30 Oct. 2019 One researcher made a connection between earthquakes and a Bible story of fire and brimstone. National Geographic, "Episode 1: Digging up Disaster," 15 Oct. 2019 The Devil laughs off the blow and fights back with fire and brimstone. Robert Coover, The New Yorker, "Citizen Punch," 18 July 2019 The works that seduce our ears most, or the ones that most effectively scare the dickens out of us with visions of fire and brimstone? James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "What Does It Mean to Play the ‘Best’ of Bach?," 22 June 2018 Saccone is not some jackleg preacher who wandered barefoot out of the woods one day, calling down fire and brimstone on the unworldly. Kevin Baker, The New Republic, "Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump," 17 May 2018 After much complaining, equivocating and dragging of feet, Lot and his family reluctantly left Sodom — which was destroyed at daybreak by fire and brimstone raining from heaven. Glenna Christensen, idahostatesman, "Learn from the past, but don't live in it, for faith is about the future | Idaho Statesman," 26 Apr. 2018 The reason why Hammon intrigues me beyond the historic nature of her role is the fact that today’s NBA coaches seem to be less about fire and brimstone and more about X’s and O’s. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "David Griffin is front-runner, Becky Hammon most intriguing for Pistons," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of fire and brimstone

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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28 Nov 2019

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“Fire and brimstone.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fire%20and%20brimstone. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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