firebrand

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English fyrebrand, fürbrond, equivalent to fire +‎ brand. Cognate with German Feuerbrand (firebrand).

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Noun[edit]

firebrand (plural firebrands)

  1. An argumentative troublemaker or revolutionary; one who agitates against the current situation.
    The member of the college's Communist League was a firebrand who would launch a sit-in or protest march at a moment's notice.
  2. A torch or other burning stick with a flame at one end.
    The crowd cheered as a firebrand was tossed on the huge pile of wood to start the traditional homecoming bonfire.

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