firestorm

noun

fire·​storm ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce firestorm (audio)
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
2
a
: a sudden or violent outburst
a firestorm of public protest
b
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of firestorm was in 1945

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“Firestorm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firestorm. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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