firestorm

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noun fire·storm \ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌstȯrm\

Definition of firestorm

  1. 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. 2a :  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

1945

First Known Use of firestorm

1945


FIRESTORM Defined for English Language Learners

firestorm

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noun fire·storm \ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌstȯrm\

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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