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Examples of firebrand in a Sentence
a firebrand who urged crowds to riot during the blackouts
Recent Examples of firebrand from the Web
Media: Euronews Stockman, 61, of Clear Lake, a firebrand for right wing causes, maintains his innocence in a 28-count criminal indictment, to which his two aides Posey and Thomas Dodd have pleaded guilty.
There’s even a Millennial-style firebrand, Tracy Walker (Greta Gerwig), an American foreign-exchange student with a big bubble of blond hair, who edits her school newspaper, The Daily Manifesto, and speaks truth to power.
Then a chance meeting bought Nix into contact with Bannon, the Breitbart News firebrand who would later become a Trump campaign and White House adviser; and with Mercer, one of the richest men on earth.
Puig, a firebrand of a baseball man and apparently a game student of Bernie Sanders’ hitting philosophy, notched a career-high 28 homers in 2017.
Mandelman — popularly seen as the firebrand — looked measured, by comparison.
After the leftist firebrand Hugo Chávez became president in 1999, thousands of Venezuelans - especially from the upper classes - moved out of the country.
The firebrand cleric was arrested almost immediately after the Bali bombing.
At the time of Thomas' death, the jail was overseen by conservative firebrand Sheriff David Clarke, who resigned in August to join a political action committee in support of President Donald Trump.
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Did You Know?
The original firebrands were incendiary indeed; they were pieces of wood set burning at the fire, perhaps for use as a light or a weapon. English speakers started brandishing those literal firebrands as long ago as the 13th century. (Robinson Crusoe held one high as he rushed into a cave on his deserted island and saw by the light of the firebrand . . . lying on the ground a monstrous, frightful old he-goat.) But the burning embers of the wooden firebrand quickly sparked figurative uses for the term, too. By the early 14th century, firebrand was also being used for one doomed to burn in hell, and by 1382, English writers were using it for anyone who kindled mischief or inflamed passions.
FIREBRAND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of firebrand for English Language Learners
: a person who tries to get people to become angry and to do things for a political or social cause
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