firestorm

noun fire·storm \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌstȯrm \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

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
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

  1. The bombing left the city engulfed in a firestorm.

  2. His proposal set off a political firestorm.

  3. a firestorm of public protest

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First Known Use of firestorm

1945


FIRESTORM Defined for English Language Learners

firestorm

noun

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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