fire and brimstone


Definition of fire and brimstone

: the torments suffered by sinners in hell

Other Words from fire and brimstone

fire-and-brimstone adjective

Examples of fire and brimstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And not the fire and brimstone Old Testament perdition. Damon Young, Washington Post, 6 June 2022 Pyre never gets the fire and brimstone kind of emotional beats that the Laffertys — especially elder sons Ron (Sam Worthington) and Dan (Wyatt Russell) — relish. Caroline Framke, Variety, 26 Apr. 2022 So there’s the Old Testament, where the catastrophes were more fire and brimstone. Jason Kehe, Wired, 9 Mar. 2022 The script, though, is still too schematic about it all; this was true of the original, too, though that movie’s coolness, contra Fuqua’s literal fire and brimstone, hid its deficits far more successfully. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 28 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, fire and brimstone fell from the sky; multiple cities were destroyed; thick smoke rose from the fires; city inhabitants were killed and area crops were destroyed in what sounds like an eyewitness account of a cosmic impact event. David Bressan, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 The segment, which actually happened, upsets the fire and brimstone Baptists that Jim is trying to impress. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, 19 Sep. 2021 Harriet was the seventh of 13 children in a family of prominent ministers who did more than just preach fire and brimstone. Dinaw Mengestu, Travel + Leisure, 21 July 2021 His survival against impossible odds undermines the realism Sapochnik was clearly trying to capture with his tactile filmmaking and in-your-face fire and brimstone. Christian Holub,, 19 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fire and brimstone

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jun 2022

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“Fire and brimstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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