fire and brimstone

noun

Definition of fire and brimstone

: the torments suffered by sinners in hell

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Recent Examples on the Web Antunes’ riffs are uncannily matched to Copeland’s fire and brimstone. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Kenneth Copeland goes heavy-metal in hilarious viral video," 1 Dec. 2020 Despite the book’s title, Old Scratch never makes a personal appearance, wearing red horns and brandishing fire and brimstone. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "‘Devil All the Time’ author: ‘There’s a lot of evil in the world’," 14 Sep. 2020 Where was the fire and brimstone yelling and screaming because promptness is something every head coach demands of his players? Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football returns with workouts, happy coaches, growing players," 15 June 2020 In Schiff’s hands, the threat carried traces of fire and brimstone. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Adam Schiff Summons the Damnation of History," 4 Feb. 2020 Even as Trump delivered fire and brimstone warnings, the rest of his national security team gave indications that not every Iranian response would send American missiles flying. Washington Post, "Iran standoff shines spotlight on new Trump security adviser," 11 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of fire and brimstone

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Fire and brimstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fire%20and%20brimstone. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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