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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
Mercer is also selling his stake in conservative news outlet Breitbart News to his daughters and severing ties with controversial alt-right firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos.
The complaint was filed in July and stemmed, in part, from a controversial summer reading list produced by an AP Government teacher that was filled with works by various conservative political heroes and right-wing firebrands.
In July 1992, the body of the firebrand — a fixture in New York’s Village scene — was found in the Hudson River.
The Dutch Party for Freedom, led by anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders, won more seats in elections this March than in the previous elections in 2012, but fewer than in 2010.
His frequently firebrand oratory, which sometimes recalls Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, is a great part of the attraction to many AMLO devotees.
After 36 years of free-market technocrats, Mexicans could anoint a leftist firebrand who’s threatened to take on Donald Trump.
The top job at the influential conservative outpost has been open since May, when Jim DeMint, the Republican firebrand and former South Carolina senator, was pushed out, although Fuelner has been serving as the interim president.
That said, calling someone a firebrand doesn’t always carry moral overtones.
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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.
First Known Use of firebrand
Synonymsdemagogue (also demagog), exciter, agitator, fomenter, incendiary, inciter, instigator, kindler, provocateur, rabble-rouser
Related Wordsdemonstrator, marcher, objector, picketer, protester (or protestor); advocate, apostle, backer, booster, champion, exponent, persuader, promoter, proponent, reformer, reformist, supporter; alarmist, extremist, insurgent, insurrectionist, radical, rebel, revolter, revolutionary, revolutionist, subversive, troublemaker; goader, prodder, prompter, provoker; agent provocateur
Near Antonymspeacemaker, reconciler, uniter
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