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Compound of hemel (heaven) +‎ bestormer (stormer, one who charges/attacks). Possibly a calque of German Himmelstürmer, which already appears in the 16th century.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɦeː.məl.bəˌstɔr.mər/
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  • Hyphenation: he‧mel‧be‧stor‧mer


hemelbestormer m (plural hemelbestormers, diminutive hemelbestormertje n)

  1. (figuratively) iconoclast, someone who breaks taboos
  2. (now uncommon, Greek mythology) Titan
    • 1614, Daniël Heinsius, "Lof-sanck van Bacchvs", in L. Ph. Rank, J. D. P. Warners & F. L. Zwaan (eds.), Bacchus en Christus. Twee lofzangen van Daniel Heinsius, Tjeenk Willink (1965, 1st ed.), page 152, footnote to line 418.
      5. Mimas] Een vande hemelbestormers oft reusen, by Horatius ende andere gemelt.
      5. Mimas: One of the Titans or giants, mentioned in Horace and others.