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
The New York Times reported Saturday that the former FBI director, whose firing by President Donald Trump ignited a firestorm of controversy, has recently been taking meetings with New York publishers.
On Monday, Seattle passed an historic tax on some of the city’s richest residents, drawing a firestorm of reaction on both sides of the debate.
That said, two days in Hoover is long enough for a new firestorm to ignite and bathe in gasoline.
Mariah Carey has found herself in the middle of a media firestorm amid a corruption investigation involving her ex-fiancé James Packer and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
That insight and energy can create a firestorm of righteous anger and the desire to do something about it.
Williams, who has said the firestorm over his Facebook posts was caused by misinterpretations of them, also emailed an apology Thursday to the campus for the uproar that ensued.
That letter produced a firestorm of controversy, as critics accused LaPierre of hyperbole.
Like Democrats in 1994 and 2010, Republicans in 2018 face a firestorm over health care.
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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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