Definition of firestorm
1 : a very intense and destructive fire usually accompanied by high winds The Rooses' house and gardens were obliterated in the 1991 Oakland firestorm. — Craig Summers Black; especially : one that is started by attack with nuclear or incendiary weapons and that creates a powerful updraft which causes very strong inrushing winds to develop in the surrounding area His goal was to create firestorms like the ones that had consumed Hamburg and Dresden, conflagrations so vast and intense that nothing could survive them … — David M. Kennedy
2a : a sudden or violent outburst a firestorm of public protestb : a raging controversy a political firestorm
Examples of firestorm in a Sentence
The bombing left the city engulfed in a firestorm.
His proposal set off a political firestorm.
a firestorm of public protest
Recent Examples of firestorm from the Web
Yet the release of trailers of that scene, and a few others depicting the torrid affair that follows, was enough to ignite a firestorm in Russia’s culture wars.
Kushner is back in the eye of a political firestorm after various reports regarding contacts with Russia.
Trump returned home to yet another firestorm over his campaign's ties to Russia, after reports revealed that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, attempted to set up a covert channel to the Kremlin even before Trump took office.
The tweet immediately evoked a firestorm of criticism on social media.
Fuentes soon became the butt of a social media firestorm.
Instead, that seemingly good-faith effort at increasing awareness and excitement begot a online firestorm of debate, downright vitriol, and gallows humor that has rarely been seen in sporting circles.
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First Known Use of firestorm
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Definition of firestorm for English Language Learners
: a very large fire that destroys everything in its path and produces powerful winds
: a large amount of anger and criticism
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