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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
Turns out, the firebrand senator isn’t pleased with Stumpf’s successor either.
Other critics complain that decorated heroes such as Mattis, McMaster and Kelly should not stoop to work for a firebrand like Trump.
Moore is a conservative firebrand who was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003 after refusing to move a monument to the Ten Commandments from the state judicial building.
Today, on his birthday, that legacy is more complicated than ever, the iconic, fresh-faced firebrand long since mixed up with the renegade activist and, the aging, overweight curmudgeon.
The civil war, taking shape more than one year before the 2018 midterm elections, is akin to the tea party wave that helped propel firebrand conservative candidates around the country to win primaries during Barack Obama’s presidency.
That includes $600,000 for an appearance by conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, whose event was also canceled.
Dana Loesch, the conservative firebrand and radio show host, is back with a new National Rifle Association ad that some are calling an incitement to violence.
McConnell's ability to protect vulnerable Republican senators, meanwhile, has been thrown into question since Sen. Luther Strange's loss to conservative firebrand Roy Moore in a Senate GOP runoff in Alabama.
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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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