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 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
First Known Use of firestorm
FIRESTORM Defined for English Language Learners
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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